The Role of Background Checks in the Future of Gig Work

Woman doing gig work scanning Amazon package in car

In many respects, the future of work is already here. Amid the headlines exclaiming the predicted loss of jobs due to automation and other changes brought by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and autonomous systems, plus the influx of jobs in the “gig economy” it’s clear that the way we work and live is transforming. This evolution can be unnerving for employers and especially those running “gig” based platforms like ride-sharing services, meal delivery, freelancing consultants, and more. Since we know change is inevitable, let’s look at how Gig and Sharing economy companies can onboard quickly and seamlessly.

According to Forbes, 40% of companies expect that gig workers will become an increasing part of their workforce and the gig economy is expected to make up 43% of the entire workforce by 2020. We’ve seen a ton of regulation around screening for these types of roles, especially when then involve interactions with customers (ride-sharing, handyman services etc.).

Traditionally, the hesitations for background checks in the gig economy was speed and price. In a gig economy, you may be hiring more people for less time (and money), or to fill freelance roles. It can be painful to invest days (or weeks) and hundreds of dollars to onboard. These works want to start NOW

This is where Certn screenings come in. With instant screening options that can cost as little as $5, it’s no longer a barrier to run pre-employment type checks on users. 

Pre-employment screening is equally, if not more important in the Gig Economy and providers like Certn can offer a wide variety of checks. With Certn, our API allows you to seamlessly plug our services into your app, website or platform with very little development time.

By establishing a relationship with a service provider, like Certn, organizations can compliantly scale without worrying about massive risks to users or liability for not taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their community.