Gig workers are beginning to get their wages before – not after – a job is complete through advances. In international news, China’s push toward a digital economy comes as the government has digitalized its national ID card. And, in retail, Heath Ceramics gets a second life with the help of new owners. All this, Today in Data.
246: Number of people who are employed by Heath Ceramics
$236 billion: Total value of pay advances issued to gig workers in 2018
77.4 percent: Share of architecture and engineering industry gig workers who receive pay advances
51.8 percent: Portion of gig workers who would consider switching to platforms that offer pay advances
16: Minimum age of Chinese citizens who have to wield a national ID card