14 January 2022
Roughly two-thirds, or 69%, of freelancers and 63% of short-term employees within the UK moved, or thought of shifting, to everlasting, part-time or full-time work final yr, in line with a survey carried out by Bullhorn.
The survey discovered that each freelancers and short-term employees listed job safety as the largest concern with their present work, adopted by fee of pay. The identical components additionally look like discouraging everlasting employees to enter the gig financial system, with 2% saying that they’ve thought of it.
When requested ‘What’s your largest concern with ‘gig’ work?’, 52% of freelancers mentioned job safety in contrast with 42% of short-term employees and 54% of everlasting employees. On the identical time, 46% of freelancers cited pay as the largest concern whereas 29% of short-term employees and 38% of everlasting employees additionally cited pay.
Bullhorn’s examine additionally discovered that almost all of freelancers (72%) and short-term employees (63%) would nonetheless describe their experiences as “Good” or “Glorious”, with each teams citing schedule flexibility (44%) as the principle issue protecting them of their present line of labor. Roughly 1 / 4 reported elevated issue with discovering gig roles final yr.
Andy Ingham, Senior Vice President, EMEA and APAC, Bullhorn, mentioned, “Whereas the gig financial system seems to be rising quickly, unresolved points round job safety and pay may threaten to derail it. Ongoing regulatory considerations like IR35 and the continued influence of the pandemic may additional exacerbate the difficulty. Why threat job safety and worse pay for flexibility that may be more and more discovered within the ‘new regular’ of everlasting work?”
When requested, ‘How straightforward has it been to search out work within the final yr?’, 33% of freelancers mentioned simpler, 44% mentioned the identical as earlier than and 23% mentioned more durable. Roughly 23% of short-term employees mentioned simpler, whereas 48% mentioned the identical as earlier than and 29% mentioned more durable.
“Focusing on disgruntled freelancers or temps may show to be an efficient recruitment technique for employers combating expertise shortages and the so-called ‘Nice Resignation’,” Ingham mentioned. “Whether or not we’re speaking about gig or everlasting work, it appears the successful mixture is job safety, a good wage and, after all, a powerful diploma of flexibility. The employers which can be keen and capable of provide this can stand to achieve probably the most within the present labour market.”
Tania Bowers, World Public Coverage Director on the Affiliation of Skilled Staffing Firms (APSCo) added, “The pandemic revealed not solely the necessity for a dynamic and versatile workforce, but in addition the complexities of a extra fluid labour market. When Covid-19 first impacted the UK, contractors, company employees and different ‘giggers’ had been left unsure as to if and the way they might entry the SEISS (Self-employment earnings help scheme) or furlough scheme, making a want for better safety. The gig workforce is undefined in regulation, protecting activity employees, corresponding to supply cyclists, by means of zero hours’ employees, to regulated, protected company employees and extremely paid specialist skilled contractors.”
“Extra readability in regulation is required to outline what employment protections and safety every employee sort must be given. For instance, the authorized safety wanted by an company employee differs to that required by a self-employed skilled contractor. With out this readability, we are going to proceed to see an unsettled gig financial system workforce with employees (and in lots of circumstances their commerce unions) believing they’re handled or taxed unfairly,” Bowers mentioned.