Traditional Employment Erodes as Students Move to Gig Economy Jobs

Beth Furness
April 2, 2021

We take a look at the latest trends in student jobs and where the gig economy is headed based on our findings. Our survey reveals that delivery, pet sitting and dog walking are favourites among students.

It is expected that gig workers will make up half the workforce by 2020. These figures also include students. We have conducted that delivery and pet services are the most popular summer jobs to be taken up by students between 15-24 years of age.

The reason for the increase in popularity of gig work among students is flexibility, instant pay and no micro management.

Here are the top 5 most popular jobs for June, July and August across Europe.

1. Delivery services (22%)

2. Cleaning (11%)

3. Driving (10%)

4. Freelance (10%)

5. Pet Sitting/dog walking (9%)

Other popular summer jobs include babysitting (8%), selling online (4%), and teaching (4%).

Our figures also reveal significant growth within the app-gig economy globally. With traditional employment continuing to erode, increasing numbers of people across the country are looking for short-term solutions that will provide them with additional funds instantly. In other words, the concept of work as we know it is changing.

Speaking about our new research, Alok Alström, Co-founder and CEO said: “These new figures demonstrate how popular the gig economy has become across Europe. Technology has seen deliveries, pet sitting/dog walking and cleaning become the most popular options for students learning to earn money on the side this summer. The digital on-demand principle and the instant economy is what has made app-jobs so successful. Users can gain employment and learn about a company in a matter of minutes, rather than days or weeks.

About provides users of all ages with access to short term employment opportunities among some of the world’s largest app driven companies. Users can also avail of reviews and descriptions of instant gigs available, helping them decide on the most suitable positions for them. AppJobs is the go to platform for anyone interested in finding employment without the added fuss of CVs and endless job application processes.

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