We now know that gender distribution in Britain's "gig economy" is male-dominated almost to the same extent as many C-suite offices and the corridors of power.
New research by Ipsos Mori and the RSA has revealed that there are two male workers for every female in the sector, while men make up 95% of Uber drivers and 94% of Deliveroo couriers.
Even in less visible gig economy roles and sectors which are not traditionally male-dominated, the gender imbalance remains. Will this trend towards male dominance continue? Or will the playing field level out as more workers from traditionally female-dominated creative industries join the gig economy?
Roughly 1.1m people work in Britain’s gig economy and 69 per cent of them are male, according to a face-to-face survey of 8,000 people by Ipsos Mori and the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). The survey found that 59 per cent of all UK gig workers were doing professional, creative or administrative tasks, while only 16 per cent were providing driving or delivery services. The RSA defined gig workers as people who completed tasks via online platforms. This includes online white-collar work platforms such as Upwork and Talmix, but excludes othose such as AirBnB ,where people rent their assets rather than their labour. Roughly half of the gig workers surveyed by the RSA dabbled less than once a month, but men were particularly dominant among those who used the platforms weekly.