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InShare 2022 Predictions: Greater focus on gig worker protections

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Greater focus on gig worker protections

By Mark Warnquist, Co-Founder & CEO, InShare

We have witnessed radical changes in the US workforce since the pandemic hit in 2020. One segment that is experiencing surging worker demand is the Sharing Economy, including such companies as Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, GrubHub and others. According to PWC, the Sharing Economy is expected to be a $335 billion (USD) segment by 2025. With that scale and the continued demand for workers, we can expect to see greater focus on the gig economy workforce in 2022 and beyond.

A recent study by Pew Research Center, found that 16% of Americans have ever earned money through an online gig platform in at least one of the following ways: driving for a ride-hailing app; shopping for or delivering groceries or household items; performing household tasks like cleaning someone's home or assembling furniture, or running errands like picking up dry cleaning; making deliveries from a restaurant or store for a delivery app; using a personal vehicle to deliver packages to others via a mobile app or website such as Amazon Flex; or doing something else along these lines.

As more and more Americans choose gig work for their primary or supplemental incomes, we should see two trends. First, the public policy debate around gig worker classification will only increase in profile. Second, the need for gig worker protections will take center stage as Sharing Economy companies compete for talent and regulators look for solutions for a compelling need.

We predict that gig worker protections will be a hot topic in 2022 for at least two reasons. First, continued progress toward COVID-19 recovery (hopefully) will bring greater consumer use of certain Sharing Economy platforms (e.g., Rideshare) and attract growing populations of gig workers. Second, 2022 is an election year, and gig worker classification is - at its core - a controversial political issue. We know it will be the subject of at least one ballot initiative, and there might well be others.

Increased Consolidations

2021 has been a big year for consolidation helping two companies benefit from each other's strengths. A recent example being Lemonade purchasing Metromile, a consolidation of two very high profile insurtechs. I predict this trend to continue through 2022 and beyond.




Mark brings a wealth of insurance and sharing economy platform experience to InShare. Prior to founding InShare with Sean Fitzsimmons, Mark served as Uber's Global Claims Director. In that capacity, he was responsible for Uber's Claims function across nearly 60 countries, and was a key contributor to a team that built insurance products globally at pace and at scale. Mark was instrumental in Uber's strategy to diversify and expand carrier partnerships in the US, and drive improvements in Claims performance globally. 

Prior to Uber, Marked served as EVP and Chief Claims Officer for Aviva Canada. Before that, Mark held a number of senior leadership roles at Travelers, and had responsibilities for GL, Major Case, International and Commercial claims as well as Travelers' 675-lawyer Staff Counsel operation. 

Mark is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and George Washington University Law School. He and his wife, Dana, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Published Thursday, February 03, 2022 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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