September 14, 2021

Is a Gig Job Becoming Inevitable for Young People?



It’s getting tougher and tougher for younger people to get a ‘proper job’, as their parents might say. Starting as a graduate trainee or apprentice in a company and working your way up over years and years isn’t the done thing anymore. Nowadays, people are spending less and less time working for the same company. More and more people are self-employed and/or freelance, and more and more people are on zero-hour contracts. 

The Gig Economy is Only Getting Bigger 

In 2021, the government reported that there are over 5 million workers registered as self-employed in the UK – a number that has risen considerably since the 2008 financial crash. Believe it or not, it represents almost a fifth of the entire UK workforce. There are now almost 3 million people directly involved the gig economy – and 56% of these people are under the age of 34. In 2020, 3.2% of the entire UK workforce were on zero hour contracts. That may not sound like a lot, but consider that that’s up from 0.4% in 2005. That’s a substantial increase, and in the US and other countries, the numbers are drastically higher, suggesting that we’re only moving one way.

That means that young people coming out of full time education are less and less likely to get a permanent job. But don’t worry – that’s not necessarily something to lament or try and avoid – the whole economy is changing, and there’s no point getting left behind. COVID has only sped up this change. In an uncertain world, employers in industries not traditionally part of the gig economy are looking to keep employees working remotely on shorter term contracts or as freelancers. 

Some Places Are Trying to Fight Back

On the other hand, certain countries are trying to fight back against the gig economy. It was recently reported that the Singaporean government has placed a minimum age restriction on ride hailing platforms in the country, meaning that if you want to be a private-hire driver in Singapore, you now have to be over 30 years old. The Singaporean government in particular fear that a large proportion of young people are rejecting the 9-5 office jobs in favour of flexible and lucrative gig jobs in which they also don’t have to pay as much into the country’s social security scheme, but it is an issue which other countries may well consider attempting to restrain if the gig economy keep on growing.

Should I Get a Gig Job?

Gig jobs can provide a healthy income and flexibility, as well as important marketable skills. In the age of COVID, flexibility has become more important for both employee and employer. Gig jobs often require you to sell yourself more fervently than you might do in a cushy 9 to 5, so you might well gain an entrepreneurial attitude that can prove invaluable to anyone in any industry. You’ll also gain better organisational and time management skills from having a more unique work schedule. 

Need a Job? Check out our article on How to Find a Gig Job in London.

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As a student or gig worker in London, it’s not always worth following the  tourists around the busy, expensive attractions. You’ve seen the London  Eye, you know about the London Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Here  are some places in London to visit that aren’t quite on the main tourist  circuit, are often cheaper or free, and will make for a great student or  young person experience in the capital.  

Sky Garden - 20 Fenchurch Street  

At the top of the skyscraper on Fenchurch Street known as the Walkie  Talkie is a garden observatory with very hard to beat, immediate views of  the city and its rooftops. Just a short walk from Monument tube station,  the Sky Garden is free(!) seven days a week, though you have to book  tickets in advance. However, there is also a range of restaurants 35 floors  up the Walkie Talkie if you want to splash out.

Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill 

If you want some equally stunning but more natural views of London, take  a short trip up from beautiful Regent’s Park to Primrose Hill, which just on  the edge of Central London provides breathtaking views of the city. Go at  

sunset and enjoy the magical old lamp posts lighting up the park when it  gets dark.  

If you like that, go a little further north to Hampstead Heath, one of the  largest parks in London, that stands higher than Primrose Hill and is set  further back, so while not as immediate, provides an amazing wide  panorama of the capital.  


Camden Lock 

Okay, it’s a little touristy, but Camden Lock and it’s market is worth a visit if  you haven’t been. Great street food, weird and wonderful stores popping  out everywhere, tattoo parlours, and yes, the Vagina Museum, are all on  offer. Plus you can take a boat ride on the pretty canal to get away from 

the crowds. And if you’re after a little music, just across the street is the  Electric Ballroom, or if you’re in the mood for some jazz, the famous Jazz  Cafe.  


Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane  

While Borough Market is always a great foodie experience, Spitalfields  Market offers up great food, fashion and art in a historic location, plus you  can walk across the road and check out Brick Lane, enjoying the  incredible array of graffiti and street art, vintage shops and the best bagels  in town. There’s so much on offer round here that’s not too pricey, or has  the regular Central tourist crowds. If you need a drink after a day at the  market, head to the Breakfast Club in Spitalfields, and walk through a  fridge (yes) to the hidden speakeasy-style cocktail bar The Mayor of  Scaredy Cat Town.  

Spitalfields Market


Waterloo Vaults  

The Vaults are located under the railway tracks going in and out of  Waterloo station. For a while now, they’ve been used as an open space  for general creativity, boasting some of London’s best graffiti, art  installations and there is even the underground Vaults theatre that hosts  the Vaults festival, one of London’s best performing arts festivals. If that’s  not your thing, there’s a pub restaurant inside the Vaults serving up some  great grub and board games, so you can play Monopoly or Settlers of  Catan whilst having a burger and a pint.

BFI Southbank / IMAX / Prince Charles Cinema  

Cinephile? There’s loads of cinemas in London, but like a lot of things in  the city, they’re usually overly expensive for what they are. If you’re under 

25 though, you can get £3 tickets to the BFI Southbank, the centre of  cinema in the UK showing everything from the latest blockbuster to 70mm  prints of Lawrence of Arabia, and offering live Q+As with the most  respected directors in the world. And if you’re after a matchless big screen  experience, head across the road to the BFI IMAX, boasting the biggest  screen in Europe. If you want something a bit more independent, skip past  the Vue cinema in Leicester Square down a side street to the Prince  Charles Cinema hiding behind it. Reportedly Tarantino’s favourite cinema,  it serves up new Oscar winners and old classics alike.

Hackney and Dalston  

Hackney and Dalston, in north-east London, are a haven for hipsters, but  they offer up a lot more than that. Another area of London that provides  incredible and unique nightlife, Hackney and Dalston have some of the  city’s best bars and clubs. Historically a Turkish area and now a diverse  hub of culture, there’s some fantastic restaurants of all cuisines, and it  also doubles up as the best place to get a kebab and a haircut. There’s  also a phenomenal bustling arts scene. If you’ve not had your fill of arty  stuff, check out the stunning Rio Cinema, a truly independent stunning Art  Deco movie theatre and the Arcola, an Off-West End theatre at the  forefront of emerging theatre in the UK.

Fabric / Brixton Academy / Electric Brixton / Ministry of Sound 

Like a night out? London is known for some of the best nightlife in the  world. There’s also some pretty bad stuff, so don’t go anywhere. Ministry  of Sound in Elephant & Castle and Fabric in Farringdon are regularly cited  as two of the best nightclubs in the world. There’s also Brixton, a must-go  for people looking for a lively area with amazing nightlife, also offering  great street food and vintage shops. 

Need to find a job in London? Check out our article on How to Find a Gig  Job in London.