Regional News and the future of platforms & the UK’s gig economy

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Like Fiverr, Upwork, and more, is a platform that links freelancers with those in need of their skills. Its existence intuitively makes sense, what with the advent of the gig economy and a worldwide shift in the definition of what the average workday can look like - but upon closer examination, there's far more to discern when it comes to work regulation, capitalism, and globalization as a whole.

"We connect almost 29 million people around the world, who have an idea and want to get someone to help them turn that dream into reality, whether it's design for your website or a logo, design a product, or do some research. Really, any job you can think of," says Matt Barrie, CEO of

According to Barrie, more than 14 million jobs have been posted since the website's inception. These jobs range from manual labor to computer programming, posted by DIY-challenged homeowners up to - wait for it - NASA. Yes, really. This begs the question, why would a globally esteemed space agency turn to an freelancing platform for workers?

"The old way of doing things for a government organisation like NASA would be to write a full, typed job description or a contract job description of say six or twelve months, offer several hundred thousand dollars for that job, post it internally within the organisation, then post it externally for people to apply... and it's a very slow and expensive and time-consuming process," says Barrie.

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