Delivering meals and groceries has largely replaced driving for ride-hailing for part of an estimated 1.5 million "gig workers". Many workers are having to work more hours for less pay and the work is not as consistent. Some are juggling three apps to make ends meet and others are posting on Facebook groups offering shopping services directly.
Maya Pinto, a researcher at the National Employment Law Project, found that temporary and contract work grew during the Great Recession and she expects "that many workers will seek such jobs again amid the current crisis."
Many say to try a website (or three). Upwork, a website that connects skilled freelance workers with jobs, has seen a 50% increase in signups by both workers and employers since the pandemic began, including spikes in jobs related to ecommerce and customer service, said Adam Ozimek, chief economist at Upwork.
Other gig workers find it makes more sense to stay home and collect unemployment. And they are eligible to receive the extra $600.00 weekly federal check.
A flexible workforce helps you when you need to make big changes fast so no matter what the new norm becomes, we need our gig workers.