The crisis could put the gig economy in a different lens.
The Federal Reserve defines gig work as “informal, infrequent paid activities.” This could be anyone from a nanny to a Door Dash delivery driver. While many adults who engage in gig work use it to supplement their income, others rely on their gig earnings to live.
Dave Berndt, a Senior HR Advisor at G&A Partners, told Quartz he believes the novel-coronavirus pandemic could cause a lot of gig workers to reconsider their lifestyle and decide to seek employment in a more corporate environment in the future, one where their benefits offer more of a safety net.
Gig workers are
responsible for their own health insurance, among other essentials that would
be offered as benefits in a more conventional job setting. Depending on their
needs and their income, many gig workers will purchase their medical insurance
directly from the carriers available in their state, or they will simply go
without benefits. Alternatively, a gig worker can align him or herself
with a staffing agency and, in this manner, they can typically tap into the
agency’s benefit plans.
With the cost of benefits
increasing every year, Quartz anticipates that this type of synergy between gig
workers and staffing agencies may expand.