Reviews

  • "What does working in the new “gig economy” of flexibility combined with insecurity feel like? This excellent book by the journalist Sarah Kessler will help those who have no experience of this way of earning a living appreciate the answer. This new labour market offers a measure of freedom and opportunity. But it also does not allow people to make the plans they need if they are to lead a fulfilled life. Reform must come."

    Martin Wolf, Books of the Year, Financial Times
  • "Kessler illuminates a great divide: For people with desirable skills, the gig economy often permits a more engaging, entrepreneurial lifestyle; but for the unskilled who turn to such work out of necessity, it’s merely ‘the best of bad options.’"

    Harvard Business Review
  • "Kessler’s timely book explores the personal, corporate and societal stories behind a massive tech-driven shift away from permanent office-based employment."

    Books of the Month, Financial Times
  • "Silicon Valley is turning work into a frictionless transaction between buyer and seller, says the author of this provocative new volume . . . Read it because the gig economy affects everyone – employers, employees and consumers. "

    Book of the Month, Harper’s Bazaar
  • "A clear-eyed and illuminating book."

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • "A deep look at . . . our “civilization based on work” – and what’s so often unsatisfying about living in it."

    Washington Post
  • "Argued convincingly"

    Fortune
  • "A fair-minded analysis of the ever-morphing worldwide labour force"

    Kirkus Reviews
  • "Sarah Kessler has a good claim to have been there at the beginning of a truly revolutionary moment: the start of the thing we now call the gig economy . . . Gigged does a valuable service in tracking the twists and turns of the workers of the gig economy."

    City AM
  • "Well crafted . . . a multitude of anecdotes supported by data and extensive reporting."

    Forbes