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PA IN THE MEDIA

Gig for victory: Addressing the stigma of the gig economy

Read the full article on Computer Weekly

Rob Gear, futurist at PA Consulting, comments in Computer Weekly’s article about tech skills and the rise of the gig economy.

The article notes that “like contractors, ‘gigsters’ have to keep their skillset bang up to date if they want to succeed long-term.”

Rob comments: “As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, those operating in the gig economy will look to online learning to give them the skills they need. But tech skills alone, aren’t enough to make you successful gigster."

Rob continues: “The gig economy also demands high levels of flexibility and the ability to collaborate and integrate quickly into teams. Non-technical skills such as emotional intelligence and empathy are therefore equally important for gig workers.”

People also need to be able to manage their online reputation successfully. “The gig economy is often based around reviews and feedback for previous work. There is less emphasis on traditional CVs and a far greater focus on reviews and public feedback,” Rob adds.

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