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Use different strokes for different folks
Winslow Wong | 10 Nov 2017 00:30

More and more businesses are turning to freelancers, independent contractors and consultants to get work done. The reason is simple: talent is the most precious corporate resource, and this diverse and dynamic fraternity allows organisations to scale an on-demand workforce, access new talent pools and pursue new market opportunities.

The freelance or gig economy – an environment in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements – is booming globally, and Malaysia is very much part of it.

According to Khazanah Research Institute’s researcher Allen Ng, some 1.7 million Malaysians are classified as urban self-employed. In the past six years, the proportion of self-employed workers to the total labour force in urban areas has climbed from about 11% in 2010 to 16% last year.