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The Importance of Screening Gig Workers

The Importance of Screening Gig Workers

Gig workers may have the same access to company data as permanent, full-time employees. For this reason, it’s critically important to thoroughly screen every worker in the same way, regardless of their employment status. Exposure to hacking or data theft, hiring undocumented workers, and violating federal, state or local compliance statues pose risks that could ruin the reputation, value and brand of even the largest organizations.

Gig workers are a significant share of the US workforce:

  • 57 million people – or 36% of the workforce – were freelancers in 2019
  • Approximately 150 million workers in North America and Western Europe work as independent contractors
  • The number of freelancers has increased by 4 million since 2014
  • The majority of workers will be freelance by 2027
  • 41% of executives think being ready to engage freelancers is important, but only 8 percent have established a process

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