(MENAFNEditorial) The new phenomenon of Gig Economy has empowered and opened up a wealth of opportunity for students, workers & professionals in both male & female category. However as per a study conducted by FlexiOrg, a global platform for transparent staffing solution, it has been found that women have been majorly impacted with Gig Work Economy.
The study which surveyed, 2500 female gig workers in the India, explored the reasons why women have taken gig jobs, the income they make, which jobs are the most popular for women, and the drawbacks of gig work for women, among other issues.
Future of Work Strategist, Ajay Sharma, Founder, Flexiorg highlighted that, The most popular types of Gig Work, female gig workers were most drawn to was, professional freelance work, direct selling, digital marketing, graphic designing, content management and other service work.
Some 58% of female gig workers surveyed were between 18-35 years old, 30% were 35-50, and 12% were 51-65. Most were educated, with 88% of female gig workers reported that they had completed at least some college. And 70% said they were the primary caregivers for their family.
Ajay Sharma expressed his concern and said as in India women are underrepresented and paid less than their male peers in the almost every sphere. However, in Gig Economy Profession there is no disparity between male & female.
From India’s persective, he said that some of the basic social security system needs to be made available to women gig professionals like maternity benefits, health insurance and emotional support system as they work in isolation.
In study, it was found that almost One third, around 33%of female gig workers reported that they are managing their job and gig assignment as well, while 48% left their jobs continued their career as a gig worker as they get equal treatment, flexibility of work and good remuneration on the basis of assignment. Twenty-eight percent needed time to care for a family member. Wanting a career change was the reason cited by 23% of female gig workers and 14% turned to gig work after being laid off. However for female legal workers, that figure is 42%. Out of the total number of female gig workers, 32% said they took on the work because they wanted to leave more stressful jobs.
63 percent of female gig workers rely on gig work as their primary source of income. The study shows that 82% of female gig workers see their jobs as providing an opportunity for equal pay. A third of female gig workers (33%) reported that they have used a username that is gender-neutral in an effort to ensure equal treatment.
The core reason of joining Gig work was “Flexible hours” ( 96%), with other factors taking some prominence like No Commute, Variety of Projects to work and more personal time. Almost all female gig workers (90%) said they would recommend gig work to a female friend, 57% said they don’t want their children to take gig work, which highlights that these jobs are still far from ideal source of income.
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