For decades, holding a “full-time job” with one employer has been the norm in developed economies. Increasingly, those norms are changing. A new generation of young adults entering the global workforce, the aftermath of COVID-19, and numerous other factors have spurred accelerated growth in one specific segment of the economy: independent workers.
More than one-third of U.S. workers (about 56 million total) participate in the gig economy, either as their primary or secondary jobs. Additionally, 4.33 million people in the United Kingdom were self-employed in the first months of 2021.
Beyond those raw stats, we can see the proliferation of freelancing and gig work through the emergence and rapid growth of major gig economy employers, including Uber, Lyft, Turo, Upwork, and Fiverr.
Blockchain now stands poised to take self-employed workers to the next level, with Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) leading the way.