The term ‘gig’, a short form of the word ‘engagement’, was first coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians.
While the term ‘gig economy’ – a market characterized by short-term contracts or freelance work – may be new, the concept of people working in this way isn’t. Contractors have always been an important part of the resource sector workforce. However, this freelance way of working is increasing, and is expected to continue doing so, and the ways of accessing talent are changing.
Being a gig worker gives you independence and flexibility – it’s a lifestyle employment choice which means you can work from where you want, when you want and maintain a great work/life balance.
Today, the gig economy encompasses a range of top talent; offering companies access to a bigger and better pool of expertise, allowing them to flex their employee base to meet market demand. It offers businesses reduced overhead costs and lower financial risk. Gig workers can help upskill permanent employees through knowledge and skill transfer, and can provide innovation and a fresh pair of eyes. Technological advances means companies can employ expertise in different time zones, allowing for round-the-clock progress to meet tight deadlines.
Rowe Advisory is a gig economy consultancy. Our services can be fully tailored to meet your needs both in the short and long term, remotely and face-to-face. Our operating model allows businesses to flex-up, and flex-down, as required. We can provide talent when you need it, while you need it and where you need it – come ‘gig’ with us!