gig worker


plural gig workers
: a person who works temporary jobs typically in the service sector as an independent contractor or freelancer : a worker in the gig economy
Gig workers have freedoms that most full-timers only dream of: setting their own hours, working from home, being their own bosses. No wonder the gig economy comprised 16 percent of all workers by 2015, according to research by economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger.Andy Sullivan
In addition to having more stable space, the affluent often have greater latitude to remain inside it. They can work on Zoom, shop on Amazon and have gig workers deliver meals.Jason DeParle

Examples of gig worker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of a clause in the initiative declaring gig workers independent contractors not eligible for workers’ comp, the whole law could be thrown out. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 Carrasco and about 100 or so other gig workers and members of workers groups, including Gig Workers Rising, gathered for a rally outside the courthouse ahead of the oral arguments. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 But not all gig workers are happy with the outcomes of the PayUp bill. Sara Chernikoff, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 The local government committee responded to complaints by voting to decrease the minimum wage for gig workers. Sara Chernikoff, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 The law would not supersede any collective bargaining contracts and applies only to salaried workers, as hourly and gig workers are protected by other laws. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 And people whose jobs are in outdoor settings bore the brunt of the poor air quality — mostly those in blue-collar industries (like construction) and gig workers (like dog walkers or delivery drivers). Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2024 According to Khosrowshahi, the answer is that the company has neglected its gig workers and worried too much about customers. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2023 But the initiative might appear hollow to riders who are going on strike as the group campaigns to avoid millions of gig workers from being recognized as employees. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

2009, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gig worker was in 2009

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“Gig worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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