There is no question that the gig economy had a significant impact on the last decade and it is highly likely to continue to grow into 2020 and beyond.
Millions of people around the globe now earn a living via flexible working arrangements that allow them to move away for a more traditional 9 to 5 role.
Here is a look at some of the trends and changes that are likely to shape the future of the gig economy.
A greater sense of community
It is estimated that about 10% of the global workforce is employed within the gig economy and that is a big community.
We are all better connected than ever before as a result of technology and that means it is easy to network and share ideas.
A noticeable trend is the growth of shared workspaces and coworking offices are going to become increasingly commonplace in many major cities around the globe. This will enable gig economy workers to collaborate and provide some useful interaction with like-minded colleagues.
A greater level of government recognition and support
One of the negative aspects of the gig economy has been a lack of government legislation, mainly due to the fact that this is a relatively new way of working and it has taken time for authorities to respond to these changes in how a number of us earn a living.
There have been some well-publicized examples of companies not treating gig economy workers in the way that they would have to if they were a traditional employee but that is expected to become a thing of the past as government introduces new legislation to protect people from these practices.
Some states in the U.S are now seeing laws introduced that demands companies treat gig workers as though they were employees. You can expect to see more government support like this for gig economy workers in this new decade.
No need to hide the facts
Finally, a trend for 2020 and much further into the future is a growing acceptance that working in the gig economy is not something you need to hide from prospective employers.
If you are looking to combine a traditional job with a legitimate side hustle it is now widely accepted that this is real work and there is no reason to be reluctant about putting your gig economy experience on your resume.
The fact that you have turned your hand to different types of work and were enterprising enough to find another source of income is something that should be viewed as a positive attribute.
Employers and HR executives are fairly universal in their agreement that you are demonstrating that you have transferrable skills when you include gig experience on your resume and doing this sort of work is now viewed with a much higher degree of legitimacy.
The gig economy is predicted to be stronger than ever in the next decade and these trends are likely to shape the future of this sector of the workforce.