Gig Life: Subsidizing gig workers’ benefits, looking toward 2020

Gig Life is a series designed to provide understanding of the gig economy by exploring the news, numbers and individuals at its heart.


residents of St. Louis will soon see green stickers on various parking meters downtown such as the one pictured above. | Courtesy of the St. Louis Treasurer's Office

Gig Briefs: Subsidizing benefits, reconsidering parking

In a nod to the need for a safety net for gig workers, Care.com, an online marketplace that connects families with babysitters, nannies and caregivers, announced it will offer workers up to $500 a year in order to help with their health care, transportation or education expenses.

Elsewhere, the ripples of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are being felt in decisions made by developers of major residential projects, and one expert suggests planning for parking in development projects will soon be “a thing of the past.”

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Gig Digits: A glimpse at the gig labor circa 2020

Four in 10 people in the American workforce will be independent workers — that is, freelancers, contractors or temps — by the year 2020, according to an extensive Pew Research Center report released earlier this year. The report also examined the current state of the digital economy and provided ample data for this week’s graphical glance at the gig economy.

Stand-up comedian Fred Minix | Courtesy of Minix/Facebook

Gig Faces: Comedian Fred Minix on the joys and challenges of stand-up

Fred Minix works a variety of odd jobs to supplement his work as a stand-up comedian. “Having an 8 to 5 is kind of hard when you do that,” he says. Despite the challenges of comedy, Minix said there’s nothing quite like the feeling of winning over a room.


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