Recruiters Should Adapt Background Screening Methods for Growing Gig Economy Workforce

Recruiters Should Adapt Background Screening Methods for Growing Gig Economy Workforce

The fast growing “gig economy” that focuses on temporary work — or “gigs” — accounted for 30 percent of new jobs and created new income sources for 2.1 million people in the United States between 2010 and 2014, according to a 2015 American Action Forum Report. The gig economy shows no sign of slowing. According to a report from Intuit, 7.6 million people will be part of the on-demand gig economy by 2020, and that slice of the labor market will grow by 18.5 percent per year over the next five years. These numerous part-time services should still be subjected to some sort of background check process, although the process may require a different approach than what is used in the full-time economy.