We have a long way to go. Time (Photo: diego_cervo, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Got a side gig? You’re not alone. And among those in the ranks of the on-demand, or "gig," economy are more and more women.
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day , a symbolic date that shows how far into 2017 women need to work to earn what men earned in 2016. Hyperwallet , a company that manages payments for a number of gig-economy companies, released data Tuesday on women’s roles in the sharing economy.
Among the findings: Professional freelance work, like computer programming via Upwork, was the most popular type of gig work. Direct selling – Mary Kay, Rodan + Fields, Stella & Dot – was the second most popular.
Women cited flexible hours and control over earning totals as the top benefits of gig work; however, they also cited inconsistent income and a lack of benefits among major drawbacks.
86% of female gig workers in the U.S. think gig work opens the door to equal pay to their male counterparts. The same group of women said that just 45% of traditional jobs offer the same opportunity.
However, while many women have turned to gig work to supplement income, […]