Leo Islander thinks GIG-economy is here to stay
“The GIG-economy is a great opportunity that we should embrace with open arms. The important thing is that it is done correctly”
Leos background is primarily within the university world. He is currently studying his masters in financing at the University of St. Andrews and has previously completed a double degree in national economy and political science. Furthermore, he has gained a fair amount of experience within politics.
– I was the youngest member of Gothenburg City Council during 2014 – 2018, as well as having had plenty of other political tasks working with the moderates.
Leo says he has definitely noticed a growing trend when it comes to the GIG- economy in Sweden.
– GIG-economy is a trend reaching across the world at the moment. The big difference between a country like the UK and Sweden is that the GIG-phenomenon lies more in line with how their job market is already structured. Sweden has had a strong recruiting culture whereas the UK has had a more flexible job market but therefore also less employee protection. I think one of the best examples to show the rapid change in Sweden is how companies like Uber has become more and more common and how there is a growing amount of people working within a GIG-environment, Islander says.
– The GIG-economy basically transfers personnel risk from the employer to the employee. At the same time the GIG-economy increases flexibility on the job market and frees up resources. However, I am not sure about if the GIG-economy provides more freedom. Yes, you are freer to choose your workload and hours, however, this may also mean you have less workhours, so it comes down to prioritizing and what is best for you. For example, a highly paid IT consultant has completely different conditions to consider when it comes to working within a GIG-environment than for example someone who drives a taxi or works within deliver services.
GIG- economy is here to stay.
– On one hand the GIG-economy provides the employer with more power as IG-economy is based on you working pretty much as an entrepreneur. On the other hand, it provides more flexibility, opens up new resources and provides the employee with more freedom. In the long run it is important that there are some changes within the law to better accommodate the new way of working so it does not become a case of exploiting labour. In most aspects I see the GIG-economy as a great opportunity we should embrace with open arms. The important thing is that this is done I the correct way, Leo concludes.