How this One-Year-Old EdTech Start-Up from Singapore is Helping Singaporeans become Gig Economists
Singapore, September 8, 2017 — The Gig Economy has grown exponentially in the past decade. According to the inaugural Ministry of Manpower (MOM) survey on freelancers, there are about 167,000 Singaporeans who operated their business or trade as their main work without employing any paid worker – and this figure accounts for some 8% of Singapore’s employed residents. Coupled with part-time freelancers reporting in the same year, this number balloons to 200,000 and is set to grow.
The report also revealed that even though primary freelancers has remained relatively stable at between 8 and 10% over the past decade, Manpower Minister Mr Lim Swee Say has noted that numbers for some sectors of the economy has burgeoned with the growth of technology and apps such as Uber, Grab, Deliveroo, Red Mart, Amazon Prime to name a few. In fact, emergence of these sharing-economy platforms has empowered many full-time employed Singaporeans to take up freelancing as a secondary source of income; and that freelancing is not merely restricted to the creative professions.
The Government’s main concern about the gig economy is two-fold; one that freelancers will have insufficient retirement adequacy or inadequate financial planning for housing and medical needs; and two, that companies ultimately rely more on more on freelancers and hence adversely affect current workforce hiring practices, particularly with the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics.
As part of the Government’s efforts to build a community for freelancers and to support them with services providing education and networking opportunities, NTUC’s e2i (the Employment and Employability Institute) and U FSE (Freelancers and Self-Employed) have jointly organized an information cum networking trade event on the 14th September 2017 at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability. As part of the line-up of qualified speakers, Tueetor will be presenting on how it is possible to survive and thrive as a trainer or coach in the gig economy, as well as feature a freelancer turned business owner Ms May Sim of Selfstrology.
Tueetor, which celebrated its first anniversary earlier last month, is a fully-automated, location-based free platform that enables users to instantly find tutors and trainers for a wide range of academic and non-academic subjects.
Just as Grab is a location-based platform matching drivers and commuters and Airbnb is a platform matching property owners and travelers, Tueetor matches learners and trainers based on the set of criteria they submit – location, subject, level, qualification, teaching experience, budget, preferred time, etc. – and the platform does the matching all within a minute, guaranteed, on browser and via its smartphone app.
“One of the main pillars of why Tueetor was created was to accord our users the platform to teach or train in the vocations and skillsets of their choice, enabling them to turn their passions into recession-proof employment,” says Mr Tan Han Sing, CEO and Founder of Tueetor Pte Ltd. “Our next itineration, is introducing Certification standards for both our Trainers as well as the courses and/or skills they teach, so that all our users on our platform can be assured of the quality and standards of the trainers they attain through Tueetor.”
With private and public education in general being one of the largest, tried-and-tested industries globally, and with new proprietary technologies rushing to close the gap on supply and demand, Tueetor is well-positioned to being a formidable force in redefining the gig economy and education landscapes of Singapore and beyond.
To learn and experience more of Tueetor, visit http://www.tueetor.com.