Workers are pushing themselves hard, working longer hours, bringing work home with them and finding side jobs wherever possible. Most do it because they need the money; the regular 9-to-5 is simply not paying their bills.
New research published by Jobvite as part of its eighth annual Job Seeker National Survey demonstrates just how thin the modern American worker is stretched.
Multiple income sources are more common
More than 25 percent of workers and job seekers today have at least a second source of income. The majority of these workers (54 percent) work their side hustle simply because they need the extra money. The most common form of side work is freelancing, which 35 percent of respondents said they engaged in, particularly those in the tech industry. Baby-sitting and dog-sitting followed closely behind, each at 11 percent. Finally, 7 percent of respondents said their second income was derived from working for ride-sharing services or owning an Etsy shop.
"Off the clock" doesn't mean off the clock
Working a second job isn't the only thing workers are doing to make ends meet. Nearly half (45 percent) of workers check their email after hours daily – and many (39 percent) are doing so at their employer's behest. Those who check their email after hours daily, however, are more likely to make a large amount of money; 70 percent took home a salary of $300,000 or more annually.
Younger professionals are especially likely to feel the pressure to work off the clock. Those aged 23 to 29 are most likely to check their email after hours every day, with 51 percent of young respondents reporting they do so.
It's still not easy to find a job
With everybody clamoring for side jobs and hustling off the clock to get more work done, it's not easy for those out of work to find something for the long term. Nearly half (46 percent) of job seekers said it was harder to find a job than it was last year, especially for those in the mining, real estate, construction and service industries.
Low-income individuals are suffering the most. About 34 percent of people who make less than $25,000 annually reported significant difficulty finding work. On the other hand, people in large cities, working in high-skilled industries like finance or technology, and with large salaries were more likely to report that finding a job had become easier.
The Jobvite survey was conducted in March 2017 by Zogby Analytics, which surveyed 2,287 adults across the U.S. Of those respondents, 1,531 were participants in the U.S. labor force. The survey included questions about employment status, future career opportunities and workplace dynamics.