Size of the Gig Economy
US – close to one-third of working Americans are involved, at least on a part-time basis, in the gig economy
Europe – 94 million
Japan – 17 million
China 201 million by 2020
Asia-Pacific (not including China and Japan) – 34% of the workforce
Telecommunications: New Rules of Engagement in the Gig Economy
The rise of the gig economy offers vast benefits to telecommunications companies
The gig economy is on the rise all across the world, and it can be the answer to the telecommunications engineering talent supply challenge.
Freelance telecommunications engineers who work flexibly can reduce the burden on the supply chain, increase operational efficiencies and reduce project costs. Attracting and retaining top talent has been a consistent challenge for telecoms companies and this could be the answer to acute talent shortage.
In a study by the Human Capital Institute, 69% of respondents reported that outsourcing and temporary staffing significantly improved the organization’s talent quality. For instance, AMP, Australia’s largest insurance company, requires half of its 2,600-engineering workforce to be filled by contractors to ensure current skills are shared within the organization. 
Gig Economy workforce
The gig economy workforce functions as a pool of talent from which employers take skilled engineers when they need them, and as they need them. Instead of building a team of engineers who work full-time, and thus have various levels of engagement with the company depending on the project, whether they have vacation time, etc., a manager selects an engineer with the skillset required for a given project.
This has obvious advantages: The telecoms engineer is more likely to be fully engaged with the project as it addresses his/her skillset. And, because the engineer is only hired for a specific project, successful and timely completion matters, so that the engineer can find another assignment.
“The gig economy prevalent in US, Europe and India is expected to bring transformational changes to traditional HR practices around the world, where gig and traditional economy will thrive together,” comments New Delhi consultant Rohit Kutappan.
“With a growing shift to contracted labor and asset usage, organizations have the ability to use the new on-demand economy to their advantage – for growth and to be leaders of innovation. Every industry is ripe for change and looking internally and across well-established networks can provide the seeds of, and impetus for, change,” according to Jacob Romansky, an Associate Consultant at Denneen & Company.
How engineers manage on-demand working
The advantages are aplenty for the workforce too, and not just the employers, as they can pick and choose the gigs they want to work on. This means their skills will be current while retaining flexibility and autonomy, and avoiding the occupational hazards of a regular job. In effect, freelancers can operate as entrepreneurs.
More importantly, they can have a work-life balance according to their needs and feelings. A telecommunications engineer may wish to work one month, then to spend a month with his/her children at home. Or they may enjoy taking on a long project, and then waiting to see when another one that fits their skills and appeals to their inclinations come up.
Flexible working gives engineers an increased feeling of personal control over schedule and work environment, according to Human Resources expert Susan Heathfield.
“One reason people like to work for themselves is the control issue. By allowing employees to determine their own schedule and work environment, a manager appeals to the entrepreneurial spirit, which can be good for workers.”
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