What is irregular work? Running errands, hiring out your possessions, working at a cafe with the occasional lunchtime rush, letting a stranger stay on your sofa, tutoring, being on call for local shops suddenly getting busy, unscheduled homecare visits, even lending a small amount of cash for a week. Â There are thousands of other sectors.
Much of this activity is in the shadow economy: unregulated with no tax paid. But it could be made legitimate as well as more dependable, informed, convenient and low-overhead. A powerful new way of filling needs for businesses, consumers, tourists and government could then emerge.
Maximizing irregular activity into the mainstream requires new marketplaces, based on technologies only now viable. Supportive public policy could be the catalyst.
We are the UK’s Beyond Jobs programme. We have the core technology required. It has been funded by the UK government, but we are independent.