This Working Life: Professional skilled contractors play a vital role in Ireland’s project economy

Research by Trinity Business School has found that professional contractors tend to work on projects that create new employment over time, and bring huge value to companies and to the wider economy

Government and policymakers have a duty to support the highly skilled professional contractors who play an essential role in supporting foreign direct investment, innovation, entrepreneurship and skills transfer. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We are hearing a lot these days about the gig economy, a growing segment of the job market populated by temporary or flexible task-based employment

While media coverage of this topic has tended to focus, quite rightly, on the employment rights of vulnerable gig workers, we must not lose sight of the reality of a segment of the labour market that is far more diverse and complex than some headlines might suggest.

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