A recent survey by popular job search and review site Glassdoor revealed that only 13% of workers in the UK would consider working in the gig economy in the future.
Given the temporary nature of most gig economy employment opportunities, 76% of the individuals surveyed also felt more assured in permanent employment.
The survey outcome may indicate that the gig economy work environment would not supplant the traditional full-time employment structure anytime soon.
Perhaps the best reason for the considerable preference for a stable full-time employment opportunity is compensation. The survey also reported that 56% of men and 63% of women consider salary and work benefits the most important factor in the workplace.
"The gig economy may be associated with prodigious growth of app-based taxi rides and food delivery, however, as we've already witnessed in the U.S., the impact on the UK workforce could remain minimal in the longer term", said Dr Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist.
Chamberlain pointed to the fact that the gig economy has captured only a small proportion of the labour market. Moreover, he remarked that gig economy jobs are "relatively simple" since they can easily be measured, do not require a profound knowledge of institutions, and are not reliant on forming long-term relationships. These traits are generally characteristic of most permanent full-time opportunities in the job market.
"The majority of the fastest growing jobs in the labour market today require human creativity, flexibility, judgment, and soft skills", he added.
"For some jobs, the UK gig economy is here to stay. But don't expect the majority of the workforce to be part-time contractors any time soon."
The gig economy is currently undergoing scrutiny in the UK economy. Workers employed in the gig economy are appealing for government intervention to secure their employment rights.
Additionally, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has recently called for a review of employment practices within the gig economy in order to ensure that employees are treated fairly in accordance with the law.
Recently, a gig economy worker won a tribunal case to claim £321.16 ($403) worth of compensation in paid leave from his employer, which the latter had previously disputed.