Pew Center on Gig Workers motivations

The Pew Center has a new study that looks at worker motivations for gig work. These include (not in any order)

  1. Fill gaps/fluctuations in other income
  2. It is fun.
  3. Something to do in spare time
  4. Gain work experience
  5. Lack of jobs in physical area
  6. Scheduling flexibility

The study suggests that ‘fun’ has a broad definition:

“Second, those who take on gig work for this reason engage in a wide range of jobs and tasks – including some that many Americans might not immediately think of as fun. Overwhelmingly, this group gravitates toward online tasks that might be completed on sites such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk: 69% say that they have earned money in the past year performing online tasks on these platforms. But just under one-in-five have earned money in the past year by shopping for or delivering household items (18%), doing chores like cleaning or laundry (17%), or driving for a ride-hailing service (16%).”

 

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