Find out why 85% of Spaniards prefer a permanent position to work as a “ gig worker ”
Despite the rapid growth of the “odd-job economy” in recent years and the health crisis, most workers prefer the traditional work model for wages, job security and stable hours.
BY RRHHDigital, 13:30 – 05 November 2020
Despite the rapid growth of the “gig economy” in recent years, 85% of Spanish workers would rather have a permanent job than “be their own boss”, be self-employed or work for projects according to WorkForce View 2020, the latest ADP study . , a world leader in the use of technology for human capital management (HCM). The main reasons for this preference are: stable hours, better pay, on-time payroll collection, and greater ability to obtain credit. In addition, the report finds no sign, to date, that the impact of COVID-19 has significantly changed the attitudes of traditional employees or employers towards their work model. WorkForce View 2020, which surveyed more than 11,000 employees around the world, examines how employees feel about current issues in their workplace and the future of work, and whether the pandemic has changed their outlook.
Not all employees who are part of the “odd job economy” do it by choice, but for those who do, their commitment to working on projects remains the same as before the pandemic. Two in five workers (38%) say they prefer this method today (35% before the pandemic). Employers, on the other hand, prefer “on-demand work” to permanent employment because of its flexibility, its ability to balance personal, family and social needs and because they may have greater control over this. what they work for.
According to Ral Sibaja, Managing Director of ADP for Southern Europe, “despite everything the ‘odd job economy’ offers, most workers are still not convinced. In times of uncertainty, the prospect of permanent positions is very attractive. However, now that remote and flexible working is the norm for many, it will be interesting to see if in the future increases concert work and its flexibility on how and when to work. Job security issues can also enter the equation. The stability guaranteed by permanent work may be slightly diminished as unemployment increases in many areas. Some people may work for more than one employer to distribute their sources of income and thus mitigate occupational risks. “
Construction workers are satisfied but face complex decisions
According to the ADP report, the optimism of construction workers is in line with that of regular workers. Both feel the same security when it comes to new opportunities for the future. 75% of “construction workers” are optimistic about their future employment for the next 12 months, the same proportion as regular employees and 83% for the next five years (just like 84% of traditional workers). In addition, 68% believe they will have more choice about how and where to work in five years, compared to 63% of traditional employees.
However, construction workers have to make complex decisions compared to permanent workers:
Work more unpaid overtime: this type of employee works an average of 8 hours per week for free, compared to 7 hours for traditional employees. And 22% do more than 11 unpaid overtime hours per week, just like 18% of the classics. Increased pressure to be physically in the workplace. 57% of “construction workers” say they felt compelled to come to work at some point during the pandemic, compared to 53% of stable employees. They are more willing to accept that employers have to implement pay cuts or postponements to save their jobs due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. 29% of “on-demand workers” say that such measures would not be acceptable if they meant saving jobs; 33% of traditional workers defend the same thing. They are more likely to experience discrimination in the workplace. Almost two in five (39%) say they feel discriminated against at work, compared to one in three (32%) of their regular colleagues.
Sibaja adds that “many ‘construction workers’ find the way they work rewarding and their prospects for the future are positive. However, the report’s findings suggest that the road is not always easy. Sometimes they may have to put up with more than regular workers, either because their employers have higher expectations of them or because more is expected of them. Since many “on-demand workers” work by the hour or by the day, it is worrying how much overtime they are putting in. If you want to properly quantify and assess the value they provide, you may need to implement better systems to control their time. Accurate and timely payments are of great importance as self-employed workers often have to wait much longer than employees to be paid for work performed. Companies that use freelancers and project workers should have adequate human resource and payroll management systems to supervise and support them as they would any other member of their staff. “