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How the Gig Economy Is Changing the Tech Industry




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Building Apps to Support the Gig Economy

Many of those using the gig economy to find potential clients rely on mobile apps. Those apps rely on companies like Shiftgig, which is just one example of a company leveraging technology to help businesses find workers and ultimately helping fuel the need for tech jobs in this space. "Shiftgig is an app-based mobile platform that connects businesses with reliable, high-quality workers on demand," explained Eddie Lou, the CEO and co-founder. "While the app's focus is on the hourly workforce, Shiftgig has a team of around 50 full-time employees, and are currently hiring about 15 more, that focus on maintaining our technology and building new features for it."

The Accenture Technology Vision 2017 looks at the key trends that will affect enterprises over the next three years. One of those trends is an increase in on-demand labor platforms and online work management solutions that are driving companies to dissolve traditional hierarchies and completely reinvent their workforces.

"We believe this will drive a workforce revolution: Archaic workforce structures where people had a specific job within an organization are being upgraded to labor platforms that allow more on-demand models, giving people opportunities to work on different things and in different ways," said Mary Hamilton, managing director and lead of the Digital Experiences R&D group at Accenture Labs, and Alex Kass, Accenture Labs Fellow.

According to the Accenture Technology Vision 2017 companion survey of more than 5,400 business and IT executives, we found:

• Eighty-five percent of executives plan to increase their organization’s use of independent freelance workers over the next year.
• Seventy-six percent of executives agree organizations are under extreme competitive pressure to extend innovation into their workforce and corporate structure.
• Seventy-three percent of executives we surveyed report that corporate bureaucracies are stifling productivity and innovation.

The gig economy is clearly disrupting the tech industry, both in positive and negative ways.

 

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