Join techUK as we explore the opportunities, challenges, and implications of the rise of the gig economy for the future of work, as part of the Exploring the Future of Work Series.

The gig economy workforce in the UK has trebled over the last 5 years, with almost 22.6% of workers having undertaken platform work at some point, reflecting an increasing desire of workers to have the flexibiity to work if, when and for however long they wish.

From courier and transport services to online freelancers and microwork, gig work is becoming a central part of the workforce, yet there has been a lack of government action to enable individuals and businesses to fully reap the benefits.

This panel session will explore the rise of the gig economy and its implications for the future workforce, how gig economy employers are supporting workers, and what steps the UK can take to drive standards across the gig economy and foster innovation.

The panel will discuss:

  • How has the gig economy grown over the last decade and why?
  • How is gig work powering innovation across different sectors of the economy?
  • What is it like to work in the gig economy and how are gig economy firms supporting workers? 
  • What action can government take to foster good, high-quality work across the gig economy?
  • How can the UK strike the right balance between effective guidance and supporting innovation across the diversity of the gig economy?
  • How do discussions around the gig economy in the UK sit with similar debates in the EU and beyond?
  • What role can gig economy work play in the workforce of the future?

More speakers will be announced closer to the date.

Speakers

Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford

Global Director of Policy and Sustainability, Deliveroo

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Kirsty Innes

Kirsty Innes

Director, Digital Government Unit, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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