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Contrary to the Hype: The Real Trends in Nontraditional Work

The Conference Board, Inc., 23 pages, October 26, 2018
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The hype about nontraditional workers—that this segment of the workforce is growing rapidly—is out of line with hard data. The report explores the real trends in nontraditional work and online labour platforms.

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Business executives may be under the impression that the share of nontraditional workers in the US labor force (independent contractors, temporary help workers, or those hired by outsourcing firms) is growing fast. However, this study finds that the hype about the growth of this segment of the workforce is out of line with hard data. The share of nontraditional workers may be no different than it was twenty years ago. However, the emergence of online labor platforms—though they currently represent a tiny share of total hours worked in the US economy—may present new opportunities for businesses to meet labor demands.

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