Gig economy

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Algorithmic labour
Gig work
Independent workers
On demand work
Peer-to-peer economy
Platform economy
Platform work
NARROWER TERMS


Report

Contracting care: the rise and risks of digital contractor work in the NDIS

The rise of contractor work, coordinated through digital platforms, has become one of the defining trends in the world of work over the past decade. This report examines some of the potential consequences of these emerging trends in employment arrangements in the disability care labour...
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Click here for care: how the platform economy can impede high-quality childcare

Most of the media and policy attention on gig economy platforms has focused on companies such as Uber and Deliveroo, while those largely represented by women, such as cleaning and caring platforms, get little airtime. Despite the picture that a reference to the gig economy...
Working paper

Informal employment and the social contract: an individual-level perspective

This paper explores the linkages between workers’ (in)formality status and their perceptions of various aspects of the social contract. The results reinforce the understanding that a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is impossible without strengthening institutions, as well as health and...
Report

Missing in action: Morrison's record of failure on secure jobs

This report reveals that an estimated 4.15 million Australian workers are currently in insecure work – including casual work, labour hire, gig economy workers, and those on rolling fixed-term contracts. The report also argues that despite being presented with reasonable solutions to tackle the proliferation...
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Impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in New South Wales: First report - the gig economy

A key recommendation in this inquiry report is for the NSW Government to establish a powerful new tribunal to set enforceable, fair standards for all workers in the gig economy, regardless of their employment classification.
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Experiences with COVID-19 among gig workers

Drawing on in-depth interviews with participants who are currently or have recently worked as ride-share or food delivery gig workers, this report argues that platformed work - organised and mediated through an online platform or app, is structurally distinct from traditional forms of work.
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Fourth interim report: the job insecurity report

This report is the committee's final substantive report. It covers a wide range of issues relating to insecure and precarious work. In this report, the committee has been able to bring together evidence on a number of remaining issues, including—critically—casual work and the impacts of...
Report

Bounty everything: hackers and the making of the global bug marketplace

This report provides a window into the working lives of hackers who participate in “bug bounty” programs—programs that hire hackers to discover and report bugs or other vulnerabilities in their systems.
Report

First interim report: on-demand platform work in Australia

The Senate Select Committee on Job Security was established to inquire into and report on the impact of insecure or precarious employment on the economy, wages, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. This first interim report focuses on gig work and gig workers.
Briefing paper

An emerging opportunity for recovery: "modern markets for all"

This policy brief discusses how to make labour markets more equitable through a collaborative effort between government agencies and tech companies to maximise growth, opportunity and inclusion.
Policy report

Uber and beyond: policy implications for the UK

Following the recent United Kingdom's Supreme Court judgement on Uber’s employment model and the global legal and regulatory pressures on the broader platform business model, this policy brief explores the implications of these developments for work and productivity in the UK economy.
Briefing paper

Developing social insurance schemes for informal and 'gig' workers

This briefing highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating economic and social insecurity for more than 2 billion people employed in the informal sector, and adding to global inequality. The author argues that a radical rethink of the nature of work and social insurance is...
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A platform economy strategy for Canada: supporting place-based governance for a more resilient and inclusive post-COVID future of work

Advances in big data, algorithms and cloud computing over the past decade have contributed to the emergence and widespread use of digital platforms. Given this new reality, the authors of this report believe there are a number of reasons why the Canadian government should adopt...
Report

Puppet entrepreneurship: technology and control in franchised industries

This report examines the use of electronic monitoring in franchises and the difference in incentives between franchise models that resemble independent entrepreneurship versus employment. The author argues that franchising provides a useful lens for policymakers to think about how to assign legal rights and responsibilities...
Report

Working from home: from invisibility to decent work

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the world’s workforce have shifted to home-working, thereby joining the hundreds of millions of workers who have already been working from home for decades. This report seeks to improve understanding of home work, as well as...
Report

Beyond the gig economy: empowering the self-employed workforce

Self-employment has risen significantly over the past two decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragile nature of work for many people in the UK – and the self-employed workforce is no exception. This report brings to the fore some of the shared challenges faced...
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Report of the Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

At the heart of this inquiry are the issues of whether contracting or other arrangements are being used to avoid the application of workplace laws and other statutory obligations. The recommendations in this report are designed to address the uncertainty that exists about the status...
Briefing paper

South Australian creative industries: a census snapshot

This document aims to give some statistical context to the recent focus by the South Australian government on growing the creative industries.
Report

Supporting culture in the digital age

Prepared between November 2019 and March 2020, this report explores how the digital age has changed the cultural value chain and draws on existing literature and insights, as well as a range of actors from across the cultural ecosystem.
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Race inequality in the workforce: exploring connections between work, ethnicity and mental health

In the midst of political, social, demographic and technological changes taking place in the UK, the world of work is rapidly evolving. This report reveals persistent issues around the relationships between employment, ethnicity and mental health, and underlines that there are enduring inequalities in the...