The Gig Economy is the labor force of new entrepreneurs who value creativity and initiative. These workers, many of whom are Millennials who seek balance between work and play, are working at home or in cafes, launching start-ups or working as freelancers or consultants.
Self-employed individuals and freelance workers (also known as the “extended proprietor” class of workers) account for 44 percent of jobs in creative occupations nationally, defined using Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes.
In North Carolina, 44 percent of the creative workforce is self-employed and freelance, mirroring the national trend. Many of these jobs are second jobs or part-time jobs.
Wired Magazine says, “Who are these people? They are artists and designers; writers, editors and translators, animators, videographers, and sound professionals; programmers… It’s our friends, and our kids. And in 10 years it is going to be everyone.” http://www.wired.com/2013/09/the-gig-economy-the-force-that-could-save-the-american-worker/
These workers don’t show up in the typical employment datasets, because although they file tax forms they aren’t eligible for unemployment insurance. The CVSuite tracks these workers, as well as other classes of jobs. Read more about why it is important to include the Gig Economy workers in measuring the creative economy at http://blog.cvsuite.org/2015/05/28/freelance-and-self-employed-artists/