Gig Economy Employers may be hesitant to participate in any scheme to facilitate benefits for contract workers, particularly if it puts them in to a grey area of employment law regulations. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s not necessarily easy to define the “gig economy,” and it’s even harder to estimate its size.

A 2017 study by Intuit and Emergent Research estimated that there were 3.8 million gig workers in 2016 and that the number would grow to 9.2 million by 2021.

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