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Gigged: The Gig Economy, the End of the Job and the Future of Work
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Sarah Kessler
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Gigged: The Gig Economy, the End of the Job and the Future of Work

Sarah Kessler


9781847941732

Century


Social forecasting, future studies;
Politics & government;
Employment & unemployment;
Economic forecasting;
Advice on careers & achieving success


Paperback

304 pages

$32.99
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_______ 'An excellent book.' Martin Wolf, Financial Times Books of the Year _______ The full-time job is disappearing. Today more workers than ever are going freelance - driving for Uber or cycling for Deliveroo, developing software or consulting for investment banks. Welcome to the gig economy.

In Gigged, Sarah Kessler meets the people forging this new world of unorthodox employment- from the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, via the Uber driver who is trying to convince his peers to unionise, to the charity worker who thinks freelance gigs might just transform the fortunes of a declining rural town.

Their stories raise crucial questions about the future of work. What happens when job security, holidays and benefits become a thing of the past? How can freelancers find meaningful, well-paid employment? And could the gig economy really change the world of work for ever?

*Longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award* Praise for Gigged 'Essential reading for anyone who is interested in understanding the future of our economy and society.' Ha-Joon Chang, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism 'Sarah Kessler's wonderful book offers unprecedented illumination of the promise, and the peril, of the gig economy.' Martin Ford, author of The Rise of the Robots 'Well crafted . . . a multitude of anecdotes supported by data and extensive reporting.' Forbes 'If you want to know how work is changing and how you too must change to keep up, you must read this book.' Dan Lyons, author of Disrupted 'Kessler's timely book explores the personal, corporate and societal stories behind a massive tech-driven shift away from permanent office-based employment.' Books of the Month, Financial Times 'Deep reporting and graceful storytelling . . . Kessler's analysis is both astute and nuanced.' Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive

By:   Sarah Kessler
Imprint:   Century
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   399g
ISBN:   9781847941732
ISBN 10:   1847941737
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   June 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Kessler is a deputy editor at Quartz, where she writes about the future of work. She was previously senior associate editor at Fast Company and before that associate editor at Mashable. Her writing has appeared in publications including Inc., Salon, and USA Today.


The workforce is changing, and Sarah Kessler is here to explain its evolution. In Gigged, she looks at the rise of the gig economy and what that means for not only employers and employees but the future of society. -- Books of the Month * Bustle * Kessler illuminates a great divide: For people with desirable skills, the gig economy often permits a more engaging, entrepreneurial lifestyle; but for the unskilled who turn to such work out of necessity, it's merely `the best of bad options.' . . . One of the most interesting stories in Gigged is about not a person but a company: an office-cleaning and handyman start-up called Managed by Q, which in 2014 changed its business model to start bringing previously independent contractors on staff. * Harvard Business Review * Kessler's timely book explores the personal, corporate and societal stories behind a massive tech-driven shift away from permanent office-based employment. -- Books of the Month * Financial Times * Silicon Valley is turning work into a frictionless transaction between buyer and seller, says the author of this provocative new volume . . . Read it because the gig economy affects everyone - employers, employees and consumers. If you use an app to search for, buy or sell services, you are enjoying a benefit that has been paid for by a (tech) venture capitalist intent on causing and exploiting disruption in the market. -- Book of the Month * Harper's Bazaar * Goes under the bonnet of the gig economy. -- What CEOs Are Reading * Management Today * A deep look at . . . our civilization based on work - and what's so often unsatisfying about living in it. * Washington Post * Argued convincingly * Fortune * A fair-minded analysis of the ever-morphing worldwide labour force * Kirkus Reviews * Sarah Kessler has a good claim to have been there at the beginning of a truly revolutionary moment: the start of the thing we now call the gig economy . . . Gigged does a valuable service in tracking the twists and turns of the workers of the gig economy. -- City AM Well crafted . . . a multitude of anecdotes supported by data and extensive reporting. * Forbes *

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