July 2018 | The gig economy is a myth, survey finds

Date: 30 July 2018

Source: The Age

The 'gig economy' is a myth, globalisation is killing Australian small business owners, and men have significantly more autonomy in their jobs but feel less secure in their roles.

A survey of 17,000 Australians over almost two decades has found "there is no evidence of any growth in the use of independent workers in Australia," despite widespread fears of companies such as Uber and AirTasker flipping a century-old industrial relations model.

The findings of the Melbourne Institute's Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia research, released on Tuesday, show the rates of self employment have been in marked decline since the survey began in 2001, levelling out at 8.5 per cent in 2016.