Size of the UK’s “Gig Economy” revealed for the first time

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Joint study by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and UNI Europa, carried out by University of Hertfordshire and Ipsos MORI reveals, for the first time, the true size of the UK’s ‘gig economy’. 

In the online survey of 2,238 UK adults aged 16-75, 21% say they have tried to find work managed via so-called ‘sharing economy’ platforms such as Upwork, Uber or Handy during the past year,  equivalent to around 9 million people – almost one fifth of the adult population. Around 1 in 10 (11%) of respondents said they had succeeded in doing so, equivalent to around 4.9 million people.

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