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MAR 2019

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24 Security Business / / March 2019 E veryone is talking about the gig economy – the use of freelanc- ers or subcontractors to fill a wide range of tasks and positions. Should security integrators hire more staff…or rely on this emerging type of labor pool? e gig economy is everywhere, highlighted by companies such as Uber, Ly, Instacart, Rover, Wags and others. Consumer-facing models like Task Rabbit connect local workers to handymen for res- idential work. Technology further fosters these models, with platform apps like Wonolo filling on-de- Go 'Gig' or Go Home A closer look at outsourced labor – aka, the gig economy – and how it has worked for security integrators By Deborah L. O'Mara © Istock Hiring & Recruiting mand roles in retail, warehouse operations, delivery, event staffing and administrative work. e list of potential gig econ- omy jobs is growing; in fact, Uber recently announced initial testing of an on-demand labor service in the Chicago area called Uber Works, which would provide temporary workers such as servers or event staff. In physical security and inte- grated systems contracting, the gig economy may be developing into a necessity – companies are scram- bling to address the lack of skilled workers as the industry shis to high-tech, IT-based infrastructures. Who is the Gig Economy? According to a Gallup study entitled What Workplace Leaders Can Learn from the Real Gig Economy, more than one-third (36 percent) or approxi- mately 57 million U.S. workers are in the gig economy. Gallup defines the gig economy loosely, as "multi- ple types of alternative work arrange- ments such as independent contrac- tors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, on-call workers and temporary workers." Studies estimate that by 2020, some 43 percent of the American workforce will consist of independent contrac- tors. According to the Intuit 2020

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