Almost half of workers have a side hustle, research says

The side hustle – in other words, having a business or form of income outside of your full-time job – has risen in popularity of late, and increasing fears about automation could be playing a role.

Udemy conducted research into awareness of and attitudes towards the skills gap in 2018 and found, among other things, that almost half (46pc) of US employees have some form of side hustle.

The report demonstrates clearly that there is a sharp awareness among the working population about the seismic shift the labour market is experiencing. Most US workers (84pc) believe that there is a skills gap, with 39pc stating that they already feel personally affected by this gap. More than four out of 10 (43pc) stated that they think AI or automation will be able to do their job within the next five years.

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