Professional services – what the gig economy means for the white-collar freelancer

Professional services - what the gig economy means for the white-collar freelancer

Recent headlines have centered on digital platforms such as Airbnb, Uber and Upwork and the low-end gigs they offer. But the demands of corporate life – such as the mantra “do more faster with less” – are making meaningful, short-term projects more attractive for experts working in professional services. The industry provides a case in point for the changing nature of work. What constitutes work is changing by the day.


Is the ‘gig economy’ gunning for white collar workers?

Management Today: Is the 'gig economy' gunning for white collar workers?

First they came for the taxi drivers, and I said nothing, because I was not a taxi driver. Then they came for the food delivery people, and I said nothing, because, well, I didn’t do that sort of thing either. But now the ‘gig economy’ is heading for professional services and People Like Us. Should we be scared? No. Better to keep calm and you-know-what…

July 2017

On-demand gigs are now lifeblood of economy

On-demand gigs are now lifeblood of economy

Increasingly, there are also disruptive employment models out there taking the gig economy to the next level. For instance, Eden McCallum offers the skills and experience of a major consulting firm, but all its workforce is independent, with the company vouching for the people it takes on.

June 2017

How can businesses manage uncertainty?

Management Today: How can businesses manage uncertainty?

With politics, the economy and the world of work going through unpredictable times, MT in association with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) put together a panel to discuss how businesses can best operate in this climate.

May 2017

What so many strategists get wrong about digital disruption

HBR: What so many strategists get wrong about digital disruption

“Digital is coming and it’s coming fast”; “No industry sector is immune to disruption”; “One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization”; “Digital will disrupt your industry.” Judging by the headlines and opening lines of recent articles and business books, digital is about to disrupt your industry and you with it – unless you act now (and buy the book).
And, in fact, I don’t disagree – at least not entirely…

January 2017

Consultants of Swing

Consultants of Swing

A new generation of consultants is breaking off from the larger organisations. These ‘free’ organisations don’t measure success in terms of the ability of their people to sell the next project, and they say that for them hierarchy and chargeability come after ensuring the right person is on the right project. Three non-traditional players held…

January 2017

Brexit: The great optimism killer?

Management Today: "Call me a remoaner if you will, but I'm not the only one who sees dark clouds ahead", says Matthew Gwyther

Management Today EDITOR’S BLOG: Call me a remoaner if you will, but I’m not the only one who sees dark clouds ahead, says Matthew Gwyther. There is currently no greater sin within the heart of government or on the pages of The Daily Mail than talking our economy down. It is seen as treachery. The…

December 2016

Going solo is ‘win-win’ despite pressure of finding new jobs

FT: Going solo is 'win-win' despite pressure of finding new jobs

FT: The Business of Consulting – Survey suggests flexibility, shorter hours and similar pay are behind a boom in freelancing, says Andrew Hill

December 2016

Developing sophisticated talent strategies

HR Magazine: Developing sophisticated talent strategies

A sophisticated HR strategy might come to form the very heart of a company’s entire business model. For example, strategy consulting company Eden McCallum offers a service that is not all that different from other consulting companies, but its talent management strategy – based on operating a pool of freelancers – is unique…

November 2016

Meet the ‘gig’ consultants

FT: When McKinsey met Uber: The gig economy comes to consulting

… a survey of 251 current and 108 former independent consultants in the UK suggests both the attractions and the perils of the role, and hints at future growth. Eight out of 10 current or former freelance consultants believe independent consulting will increase in the future. Even among a smaller control group of consultants who have never tried it, three-quarters believe independent consulting will grow.

October 2016

New firms mobilise an army of independents

Het Financieele Dagblad: Are intermediaries of independent consultants an alternative to established firms (translated from Dutch)

In no other Dutch professional services market do you find as many independents as in consulting. Most of these independent consultants source their own work, but in recent years a number of players have been established, which bring some structure to the market…

Het Financieele Dagblad, May 2016

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