What are the implications for both employees/subcontractors and the HR function?

Your online discussion requires you to consider the significance of the move towards more flexible working (especially in this post-Covid era) and the rise of the gig economy. You should consider the challenges both for employees/contractors as well as how does the HR function need to adapt to accommodate the different needs. The aim of the discussion is to answer two key questions:

How significant is the move towards flexible working and the gig economy?
What are the implications for both employees/subcontractors and the HR function?