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Uber driver Boubacar Sow in Manhattan. The rise of the gig economy helped transform the nature of work in the early years of the economic recovery. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
Journal Reports: Decade in Review

Outsourcing Has Upended the Labor Market—but Not Exactly as Expected

Contract work has become a key part of companies’ labor strategy in recent years. For workers, it means less job security.

Uber driver Boubacar Sow in Manhattan. The rise of the gig economy helped transform the nature of work in the early years of the economic recovery. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal

香蕉视频苹果下载The decade dawned with unemployment at nearly 10%, rumblings about the gig economy and predictions that robots running on artificial intelligence would make human workers obsolete. The end of the traditional job seemed just around the corner.

Ten years later, regular full-time work is still the standard—and the preference—for most people. But many career paths have been upended by the changes of the past decade. The implicit social contract between employers and workers has been fractured by no-benefits contracting and contingent...