Gig economy

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

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

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

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

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...
Report

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.
Report

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...
Book

Can good work solve the productivity puzzle?

These collected essays by the Carnegie UK Trust and RSA set out how a focus on good work can be encouraged to improve wellbeing by boosting good jobs and helping solve the UK’s long-standing productivity puzzle. The collection brings together new research, opinion and analysis...
Draft report

Employment, labour markets and income

This draft report outlines three options for improving income security in New Zealand.
Report

The liquidity trap: financial experience and inclusion in the liquid workforce

This report outlines how ‘liquid’ workers, such as gig economy workers and the self-employed, face greater barriers to financial inclusion compared to traditional workers. The report sets out a policy agenda to boost the financial security and inclusion of the liquid workforce.
Report

Measuring the "gig" economy: challenges and options

There is concern among policymakers about the effect of gig work on the financial stability of gig workers. This paper provides a New Zealand-specific typology for identifying gig work, and discusses conceptual and practical issues related to measuring it.
Report

Opportunities in change: responding to the future of work

The nature of work in Australia is rapidly changing as technology drives innovation. This report provides a snapshot of today’s Australian labour market, the forces that are shaping it, and the blind-spots that need to be addressed if we are to succeed in a competitive...
Book

Towards a fairer gig economy

This publication contains a collection of articles examining the social and economic problems associated with the ‘gig economy’.
Working paper

The welfare effects of peer entry in the accommodation market: the case of Airbnb

Since its founding in 2008, Airbnb has grown to list more rooms than any hotel group in the world. This paper examines the determinants and effects of peer production in the market for short-term accommodation, where Airbnb is the main peer-to-peer platform and hotels are...