Gig working has not only changed how companies hire staff and how individuals plan their careers, but gig workers soon came to realise that a certain level of knowledge is required to stay informed of their rights and to prevent being taken advantage of by short-term employers.
Statistics SA’s employment outlook found that temporary employment rose from 2,6 million in 2017 to 3,9 million in 2018. This means that a considerable section of the South African economy is made up of atypical or gig workers – freelance, short-term, and on-demand workers – be it by choice or out of need.
Acclaimed economist Mike Schussler while presenting UASA’s 18th South African Employment Report (SAER), pointed out that the effects of the 4IR will be felt across most sectors with the services sector likely to boom as more and more repetitive work will be phased out by technology. This would also result in more professionals being self-employed or working from home for various employers at a time.
UASA noticed this change and has now expanded its service offerings through its newly established Independent Professional Sector to include atypical workers since their needs in terms of assistance are not always identified in the South African Labour Relations Act or established structures such as the CCMA and bargaining councils.
Atypical workers need to be work and legal smart and should enjoy adequate protection in all respects to give them peace of mind. This includes having access to legal advice and representation with issues such as remuneration and contractual civil matters.
UASA now aids and protects members who are:
- ·part-time workers
- ·temporary workers
- ·fixed-term workers
- ·seasonal workers
- ·self-employed/ independent workers
- ·home workers (people that work from home)
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