Happy working in the Gig Economy? Depends whether it's a choice or forced

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The gig economy is growing at exceptional speed, with the casual workforce now representing a fifth of Australia’s workforce. We're delighted to partner with Care Support Network to produce The Australia Casual Workforce Report, which shows satisfaction with work is the highest for workers who can choose their employment status, the hours they work and their clients.

MORE THAN HALF OF CASUAL EMPLOYEES ARE CHOICE WORKERS

More than half (57%) of casual or contract workers choose to work this way, and it isn’t just for the emerging generations either. Baby Boomers (63%) are the most likely to choose to be a casual or contract worker, more-so than Gen Y (50%) or Gen X (52%).

We often think that it is the technology-savvy younger generation driving the gig economy. But this research shows that the older Generation X and Baby Boomers are the most likely to choose the flexibility offered by the gig-economy. It not only allows them to choose their hours, but they can choose the work times that will best suit, but also increase or decrease their workload depending on their financial needs. – Mark McCrindle.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE THE BIGGEST DRIVER

Of the 1,007 Australian casual and contract workers surveyed, work-life balance was the biggest driver of those who work casually, with 87% considering it to be extremely or very important to them.

The report also shows that most workers employed in a casual or contract role are choosing this option for their own lifestyle, rather than being forced into it by their employer. Almost three in five casual workers choose such a work arrangement because of the flexibility it affords them.

Those who have control over their work-life balance have a 90% satisfaction rate, while those without control over this only have a 26% satisfaction rate.

CHOOSING WHO TO WORK WITH IS IMPORTANT TO JOB SATISFACTION

Choosing who people work with also has a correlation with job satisfaction. Those who have control over it have an 85% satisfaction rate compared to 39% for those who don’t have control over this.

43% of respondents said they do not have control over who they provide services to and 56% have no control over their pay or the fees charged for their services.

MOST PREVALENT AMONG HEALTHCARE, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE WORKERS

Care Support Network Co-Founder and CEO Rob Evers said it isn’t surprising that healthcare, community and social assistance workers are most likely to choose to work casually because of the flexibility it affords.

“Healthcare workers choose to work casually as they generally have multiple jobs across several providers in order to increase their weekly earnings. But the rise of the sharing economy, particularly in the home care sector, now allows casual and contract workers control over who they work for, when they work and even their own hourly rate,” said Rob.

Care workers have an even greater desire for control and satisfaction, with 24% of respondents saying they experienced anxiety around unfamiliar clients and different environments in the last month, as opposed to 14% of casual workers in other industries.

HAVING CONTROL OVER WHAT HOURS ARE WORKED IS IMPORTANT

Australians who choose to work casually have their ideal hours per week at 22.9 hours, which equates to three days per week. Further, the amount people work is also linked with satisfaction, where those who control how much they work are three times more likely to be satisfied.

Research findings from The Australia’s Casual Workforce Report by Care Support Network and McCrindle.



Click here to download the full infographic

Media Contact

For any media enquiries please contact Kimberley Linco at kim@mccrindle.com.au, or call our offices on +61 2 8824 3422.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare


Last 150 Articles


Tags

10 years Andrew Duffin family meetings money keynote speaker FPA marriages staying in vegemite Australia Day 2017 australian community trends report sydney property market media commentary Christmas day weather Retail school satisfaction group residents social commentary rule keeper schools students increasing densification career millenials workforce population growth cost digital Hornsby Shire Council logan happy holidays high school marrickville Vocational education father's day cultural diveristy states volunteers christianity selfie internship rain the hills shire social media insight Northern Beaches The Daily Edition divorce Crime Rates menai sydney speaker baby boomers personalities work mates demographer local conference speaker bondi 2017 demographic transformations bus casual friendship ethnography communications goals cancelling plans 40 million high density living research data market research royal baby criminal learning styles financial fears NT 2012 baby Australian schools census social impact Charlotte Word Up transport wealth distribution etiquette education sector christian coffee not for profit research organisational culture wealth and income distribution study James Ward perth high density apartments Work place socialites digital economy winter blues apartment christmas collaborative 1980 Melbourne wealth and income Australian demographics personal growth commuters balance baby names Northern Beaches Christian School Australia Day baby boom food bank pharmacies emerging trends Sydney keynote speaker royal family click Black Friday in Australia priorities litter Queensland: QLD twentyseventeen local communities the australian dream trend tuesday finance city data analyst dreaming demographic trends baby name predictions workplace culture who is generation z social issues video clothing census 2016 volunteering Births google lalor park baby names report ease of travel financial national crime rates work-life offenders hornsby researcher parents volunteer New Zeland living seasons university degree list resource sunburnt country hello fresh global retail innovative responsive urban living community kate middleton rising house prices Business analysis cloudy days engagement housing affordability Christmas Stats wages know the times australian communities trends report survey public holiday ageing population technology summer easy rider debt community event belief anzac manly gen z US Channel Seven capital city storytelling overcast Love cost of living Lower Hunter Region research pack SMSF conferences Christmas lunch teach Hunter Valley sustainable urban development tattoos sydney market young people Social Trend families crime population milestone home hobart group session cars Australian Home growth of sydney mother's day Sydney’s south west define panel Research Director townhouses Kirsten Brewer office opening australians staying home more relational HSC analysis Do It Yourself faith event brands wage 2013 Black Friday Sales Hills Shire Council research visualisation Australian Census Gen X sentiments work from home mccrindle Macquarie University socialising waverton capital cities networking research story water REIV Conference moreton bay mccrindle tea VET sector quote speakers pack Sydney Lifestyle Study celebration university social change geomapping snapshot communicate giving baby name social researcher tuesday JOMO System's Architect mortgage 1975 future of shopping paying to work TAS narcissism house prices housing small business public speaker social analysis debate brand global proactive future proof demography Generation X millennials education future report names spirituality entrepreneurs of today workplace house price rise entertainment Australian community trends NBRS vegetarian public speaking Australian Trends government emerging generations builders generational trends culturally diverse resilience brisbane monarchy census fail EFF employment FOMO new york times children learning cica wealth thrive 23 million land of the middle class toys 2016 shopping Canberra australian real estate mythbusting royal Australian Dream mateship future of education mentor NEETs Caregiver australian social research social shifts training mover and shaker innovation cold social lives average sydneysider average Australian "know the times" Royals holiday CPI learner research on coffee Cobbitty-Leppington The ABC of XYZ social research New Zealand pharmacy follow average aussie cultural diversity ACF 2016 aged care Duchess of Cambridge demographics January 26th Geoff Brailey office media rent Valentine’s Day speajer crows nest daily commute customer consumer Tasmania not-for-profit visual authenticity social researchers Sydney Hills Business Chamber shifts curiosity professional development potts point happiness contiki recap salary brand experience environment medicine live the dream shbc NSW collaboration optus English teachers change choice workers earnings acf15 presentation Assistant Store Manager insights sydneysider royal influence baby names australia report community engagement population map Aussie tableau education future dreams futurist changing face of sydney Sydney population motivate care support identity going out middle class results youth unemployment typical australian cooking public transport New South Wales hopes SA church Jura Australia prince george sydneycity employers world youth day village meals Christmas day internet Kiwi educhat Australian Bureau of Statistics wedding Adelaide relevant interactive TED talk alpha greatness non profit consumerism Education Future Forum annual income australian communities forum media activity christmas 2017 youth case study dream environmental scanning Financial Planning Association of Australia charities fresh ACF social weather Territory apartments future-proof nfp mccrindle research holidays learn impact princess charlotte Northern Territory supply and demand unaffordable social commentator Research Executive organisations Deaths Australian Communities Trends repayments christmas trees dessert census data hills facts darwin Bathburst Channel 7 product forecast life buildings investment sunny days generation alpha rich Wagga Wagga financial dreams Tuesday Trends Performance Sentiment Index national wealth politics property development income trends analyst property media release train CBD men huffington post online IT Specialists Christmas presents What is food insecurity? Skilling earn generation future entrepreneurial world divorce rate norwest growth Willowdale program DIY emerging technologies business performance ACF17 year 7 staff McCridle micro apartments Real Estate Institute of Victoria energy forum rise of local workshop speaker ACT australian teaching affordability housing growth professional marriage Gen Z Expert eliane miles gig economy sydney hills NFP event commuting focus group sector wide SMART volunteering data optus my business awards food engage 1968 hunger friends professional speaker gender business index REIV National Conference tea TED religion Wellington trends of 2017 breakfast poor optimistic 2014 suburbs Tuesday Trend conference presentation Australian communities award winner students plans urban living index research services leadership young australians car World Water Day tips census results social life demographic budget Netflix skills long weekend award housing trends shopper's pick 24 million Mark McCrindle in the media baby name trends cancelling event Mark McCrindle property price Australians professional services conference Financial Planning Week suburban living year 12 growing population McCrindle Speakers leadership workshop employmee Australia street 2016 census presentations Black Friday sydney event aged care puzzle graphs food insecurity grandparents millionth home owner visualisation unemployment area mobile local community 1994 research report travel goal high density slideshare commute suburb tv blaxland educated shopping centre Maxim Accounting generations gen alpha 2015 teleworking GPO global generations the average aussie post rationalism Jura Coffee faux-cilise Christmas season Merry Christmas VIC Generation Y challenge future of work younger generations mccrinlde Real Estate house price dare to dream TDE social trends Wodonga Engineering Manager grave decision bureau Western Australia NBRS Architecture nativity scene financial independence gold coast generation Z speakers Christchurch investor newspaper renting women state Gen Y careers not for profit the changing face of donation weekly earnings owning a home financial future ferry rental stress Queensland economy education research education sector wide study focus groups investing in depth interviews ipswich survey design global financial crisis office space TEDx Speaker financial planning gig Australian Families sun SRE jobs of the future stats donate schools cartodb easter ashley fell affordable real lifestyle urban tertiary education Scouts Sydney faux-ciliser hills shire statistics entrepreneur ACF2017 ABS showreel participants business TEDx aussie culture Australian Population winter coffee lovers fears wealth inequality ACT Report news South Australia society screenagers the hills eliane Lower Hunter infographic charity data mccrindle in the media screenage social analyst australia parenting economic work household ultimo marketing social enquiry cash ageing safe Myth spend couple teacher property market keynote trend VET faux-cilising mining boom megatrends woolworths culture 24,000,000 population infographic wall micro language DESTEL McCrindle Speaker professional presenters intern housing market data visualisation ideas equip qualitative research in the media thought leadership new office trades national private wealth Christmas data Financial Planning Association sports society trends the great screenage PSI employmer #censusfail google for education McCrindle Keynote Speakers purpose Elderslie-Harrington park retirement school students Mount Annan-Currant Hill events jobs publication wolloomooloo low density report stay home omnibus internships urban taskforce deloitte February 16 healthy future wellbeing sydney metro seasons greetings student sector mythbusters future proofing Christmas research trends moderators guide 2016 census results house communities ashley mckenzie travelling child care neutral bay domestic WA outsourcing sydneysiders Population Clock communication poker master victoria Aussies school pyrmont chairty households infographics renter of the future the lucky country trends of 2016 2020 daily telegraph home ownership experience earning forecasting online shopping Christmas in Australia cancel plans leader Res Vis Northern beaches Event

Archive