You’ve probably heard of Uber, Airbnb and Handy before. These are just a few companies in the on-demand economy that have grown rapidly over these past few years. As a result of the increased demand, more and more freelancers are taking on multiple ‘on-demand gigs’, even stringing together multiple gigs to replace a full-time salary. While these jobs provide flexibility, one of the main drawbacks is lack of benefits. On-demand workers aren’t protected like their salaried counterparts.
In the On-Demand Economy, the need to improve job benefits and workers’ protection for self-employed workers and independent contractors is now being noticed. Recently, the labor group National Domestic Workers Association (NDWA) announced the “Good Work Code”, a pledge to help freelancers and improve their jobs with more transparency, better wages, and increased support. Twelve companies have now signed it, including DoorDash, Care.com and LeadGenius.
While more and more companies are joining this pledge and those similar to it, the largest ones have yet to make an effort, including Uber, Lyft and Handy. Time will tell if the increased pressure from other groups and on-demand companies, as well as support from political powers, will change their minds.
The “Good Work Code” is seen as a step in the right direction for on-demand workers. It addresses many of freelancers’ concerns and challenges but at the same time, also fails to make actionable steps to fix them. Their goal is to get politicians and companies talking about to fix this larger problem and more importantly, how to change it.