Official markets for irregular work


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jobsearchJobs are diminishing. But public policy could make irregular work much more accessible and rewarding.


What is irregular work? Running errands, hiring out your possessions, working at a cafe for an occasional lunchtime rush, renting your spare bed to a tourist, tutoring, being on call for checkout duty at local shops, unscheduled homecare visits, even lending a small amount of cash for a week. There are thousands of other sectors.


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These ad hoc bookings are largely informal: untaxed, unregulated and illegal. Transacting tends to be overhead-laden, risky and hard work.

New online markets like AirBnB, Taskrabbit and Rentoid are opening up irregular work. But we need the “Sharing Economy’ to become more efficient, and legal. New technologies will be part of that. Supportive city, regional or national governments could be the catalyst.

We are the UK’s Beyond Jobs programme. We have core technology for legalised irregular economy markets. It has been funded by government, but we are independent.

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