The point of the study is that the "gig" economy is "you can work as little or as much as you want" is a way around labor laws, things like 40 hr weeks, paid time off, overtime.
No, it is a little something that has gone on for a LOOOONG time, but apparently many people somehow don't know about it these days...
It's called contracting...aka independent contracting.
It is perfectly legal and it has been around for a long, long time...
Now...not every contract gig is something you make a living off alone. Many people make a living off of multiple contracts.
With the exception of one W2 "gig" in the middle for a couple years, I've been working 1099 contracting and making a healthy living off it for the better part of 10 years or so.
Now, do I take every "gig" I can? No. But the ones where I can negotiate a bill rate, and I do make big boy decisions as to how much I need...to cover paying my insurance, fund retirement, and yes to cover 3-4 weeks a year vacation/sick time off I allow myself (no work no pay, has to be calculated in)...I accept those contracts.
I can assure you that I am not the only person out there doing this for a living...especially in IT.
So, are you saying this should be done away with entirely? That just because some people mistake side gigs for full time employment, that those of us who can do and prefer to make our own decisions, work our own hours, work what jobs we want...should have this capability removed, so as to cater to the lowest common denominator?
That's what I seem to hear you saying. Because a contractor, is a contractor, is a contractor....doesn't matter the duration of contract nor the bill rate.
I consider myself the same work category as a Uber/Lyft or other contractor type work relationship, I just happen to make more money at the contracts I enter into.
If I wanted, I could do Uber on the side too...I just don't need to.
But I VERY much enjoy the freedom I have to make my working, investment and retirement decisions myself.
What's wrong with that?