For many organizations, proliferation in diverse forms of labor has opened up access to talent and offers greater staffing flexibility. However, the rise of the gig economy and independent workers has also led to the misuse and abuse of some. In fact, the OECD in its 2021 Employment Outlook calls for further examination of labor laws to regulate newer forms of labor.

In recent years, policymakers around the world have enacted measures to more clearly define employment status and the obligations of businesses using non-traditional labor. These rules are aimed at cracking down on tax avoidance and protecting worker rights. More authorities in the future are likely to undertake such efforts.  

Very often the discussion is focused on flexible vs. permanent employment, but it's much more relevant to focus on well-regulated vs. poorly regulated work. We must encourage well-regulated work for all because it protects individuals, benefits society and stimulates employment. Those who perform this type of work typically receive social protection, skilling, pensions and other returns. Many jobs, however, continue to fall outside the purview of authorities. We can change this. You can learn more in the OECD’s report.

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Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.