Global changes are brewing in the world labor market. In Britain, Uber has lost its London license, and the three main political parties in their campaign manifestos promise to end unfair labor practices associated with the so-called zero contracts and the gig economy. In other countries, this problem has not yet received such a wide response, but it is only a matter of time.
Policymakers set out to bring the short-term employment market in line with the standards and regulations that other workers must comply with in order to ultimately ensure a level playing field on this playing field. But food delivery service providers, ride-sharing services and others in the gig economy are warning that tightening standards will undermine the overall economy and leave workers on the losing side.
Proponents of the gig economy, or the precarious economy, keep repeating that modern workers are flexible in terms of changing jobs. According to them, this is an advantage and a symbol of the existence of rights and freedoms, and not a minus.
However, fans of this flexibility ignore one very important flaw in the gig economy: the social role that long-term employment plays in flattening the worker productivity ratio. An expert on adaptation of human resources explains it this way: Traditional corporations, which still seek to hire workers aimed at building long-term careers, understand that the productivity of the same employee changes over time.