A new TUC survey shows that 1 in 10 (9.6%) working-age adults now work via gig economy platforms at least once a week, compared to around 1 in 20 (4.7%) in 2016. The term “platform work” covers a wide range of jobs that are found via a website or app – like Uber, Handy, Deliveroo or Upwork – and accessed using a laptop, smartphone or other internet-connected device. 6 in 10 platform workers are between 16 and 34 and the majority of workers turning to gig economy do not do this full time but do so to top up incomes.
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