Gig economy

Submission

Submission to the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce
22 Feb 2019
197

This submission presents evidence from several different strands of research undertaken over the past three years, all of which touch in different ways on the challenges and opportunities associated with on-demand or 'gig' work.

Discussion paper

31 Jan 2019
222

This discussion paper outlines the nature of insecure work in Australia. It defines how we got here, and what the impact of such widespread workplace insecurity is on Australia’s workers and its economy.

Working paper

28 Jan 2019
270

The future of work is currently receiving attention at the highest policy levels. This paper demonstrates the case for a strong gender lens in these debates and makes a clear call for women’s economic empowerment to be at the front and centre of efforts to...

Working paper

7 Jan 2019
26

This paper describes and tries to reconcile trends in alternative work arrangements in the United States using data from the Contingent Worker Survey supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS) for 1995 to 2017, the 2015 RAND-Princeton Contingent Work Survey (CWS), and administrative tax data...

Book

A road map for graduates and precarious workers
31 Dec 2018
26

These are challenging and confusing times for graduates trying to find meaningful employment in today’s workplace and their parents. The same goes for experienced people who are losing what they thought were steady jobs and trying to find new jobs in a workplace they don’t...

Discussion paper

20 Dec 2018
65

The Victorian government has announced an inquiry into the on-demand workforce. The inquiry, chaired by former Federal Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with or for on-line companies or platforms in Victoria....

Report

10 Dec 2018
56

In the past few decades other non-standard or non-traditional forms of employment such as labour hire, employees on short-term contracts, and engagement of independent contractors have emerged as hiring options for employers. This snapshot sheds light on the significance and contribution of different forms of...

Briefing paper

Policy brief on the future of work
7 Dec 2018
1

Labour markets are undergoing major transformations as a result of globalisation, technological and demographic changes. The digital revolution, in particular, is promoting new forms of employment mediated by online platforms. The scale and scope of these changes are hard to assess because conventional labour market...

Report

23 Nov 2018
35

This paper examines current or proposed changes to the sharing economy, regulations hitting the labour hire industry, proposals to tackle ‘wage theft’, and the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws, in the context of the rapid growth of the Victorian public sector since 2014.

Report

25 Oct 2018
188

This research reviews different emerging digital and disruptive technologies in relation to housing. One key conclusion is that the sharing or ‘gig’ economy, with the likes of Airbnb, is already disrupting the housing sector.

Working paper

1 Oct 2018
11

We explore the rise of the so-called “gig economy” through the lens of Uber and its drivers in the United Kingdom. Using administrative data from Uber and a new representative survey of London drivers, we explore their backgrounds, earnings, and well-being. We find that the...

Policy report

16 Aug 2018
12

A response is needed to the numerous issues spurred by the expansion of the gig economy, where flexible patterns of employment prevail in contrast to permanent jobs. In this context of the exponential growth of the digital economy and underlying business models the largest nationwide...

Working paper

1 Aug 2018
11

The rise of the “gig economy” has attracted wide attention from both scholars and the popular media. Much of this attention has been devoted to jobs mediated through various online platforms. While non-traditional work arrangements have been a perennial subject of debate and study, the...

Report

26 Jun 2018
111

This research report uses interviews with over 100 domestic and ridehailing platform workers in major U.S. cities to reveal how technology is reshaping the future of labor.

Report

19 Jun 2018
364

Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how...

Journal article

14 Jun 2018
7

Under existing American labor, employment, and tax laws, in any one work relationship, a worker is either an “employee” or an “independent contractor.” This binary classification of workers, and the high-stakes outcomes it produces, have been challenged by “gig economy,” or “online platform” companies that...

Report

29 May 2018
301

For the first time on record, less than half of employed Australians hold a ‘standard job’ - that is, a permanent full-time paid job with leave entitlements. This report looks at the growing insecurity of work in Australia.

Article

29 Mar 2018
31

This article explores how New Zealand might adapt workplace relations laws to better protect vulnerable workers in the new, 'gig economy.'

Report

6 Mar 2018
288

This report simulates the net hourly incomes received by UberX drivers in six Australian cities, and finds that they almost certainly earn much less than would be required under relevant minimum wage standards.

Report

22 Feb 2018
167

This report describes an $80 billion GDP (value-added) industry employing some 625,000 Australians and on the cusp of change. Some parts of the transport industry are more immune to change than others – so the report provides insights into the technology and overlay of social...

Overview

 

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