by Ryan Ong
CONTRACT workers and freelancers have been called “the new pioneer generation“. But at the same time, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has expressed misgivings about the “gig” economy, in which contractors rather than employees fill often temporary roles.
While it’s clear there’s no winding back the clock (it’s largely impossible to just remove the gig economy, without setting Singapore back by decades), the gig economy is set to cause a split. Some will see it as a form of progress that should be mainly left alone, while others will demand greater government intervention.