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Nearly eight million people thinking about joining gig economy, study reveals

Almost a fifth (18 per cent) of working-age people “would consider” some form of gig work in the future, according to a major new study, which equates to almost eight million people across the UK.

The report, by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, revealed there are currently 1.1 million gig economy workers in the UK, a similar workforce size to NHS England.

The research argued that gig workers should be given more control to hold employers to account and advocated changing employment rights to “empower” gig economy workers.

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June 14, 2017

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