Gigwalk is among a fast-growing number of employment agencies using new technologies to connect businesses or individuals who need information or a task done quickly with people who have time on their hands. It comes at a time when fewer people have full-time jobs, or any job.
Jobs are assigned in various ways. Some go to workers based on past performance, others to whoever is closest to the job site or whoever grabs it first.
Some agencies require workers to enable a GPS tracking device on their iPhone so they know who is where. Some let workers sign up to have a message sent to their phone when a job is available nearby.