The gig economy 'slashies' risk burnout
In a world of Uber and Deliveroo, the gig economy is thriving – it is estimated 1.3 million people are now working two jobs or more. Such workers are sometimes called “slashies” – think barista/blogger, charity worker/Uber driver or SEO manager/delivery biker.
Many in this category can be classed as freelancers, a group that has increased in number by 43% in less than a decade, according to a recent survey [pdf] by IPSE. The group is diverse: almost half are aged between 40 and 59 and 20% are over the age of 60. One in seven freelancers is also a working mother.
Of course, many work this way out of necessity when, for instance, they cannot secure a full-time job with a sufficient income to support a family. But others do it by choice. So, why do they opt for this seemingly unstable existence? Richard McColl, 40, is a British, Colombia-based hotelier, foreign correspondent, author, PhD student and travel guide. “I love the pressure of being freelance,” he says. McColl works from home, as does his wife, and he enjoys being able to see his two-year-old son during the day.