Politicians, platforms, companies and the media are constantly talking about the growing phenomenon that is the Gig Economy and Platform Work. For some this represents the glorious, Utopian future of freedom, choice and opportunity. For others it represents a nightmare mix of precarious employment and uncertain incomes. The voice that is missing in these debates is that of the workers themselves. That’s where you come in.
Instead of having others talking about you and for you, we want to hear from you directly.
Do you rent out your home or do you do side gigs? What kind of gigs do you do? How many platforms do you use? How many hours do you spend?
Our aim is to answer these questions, and more, with first-hand data and thereby create the first comprehensive study of Gig Work and earnings in Europe.
If you want to take part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gig economy and the freelance movement have been billed as bringing much-needed disruption to the labour markets across Europe, as well as giving more choice and control to individuals. Furthermore, this development should combat vested interests and increase efficiencies.
This trend has been fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of remote work. Some analysts speak of the “Great Resignation” while the message is clear that the world of work is changing. The traditional 9 to 5 employment arrangement - selling your time to one employer five days per week - is becoming less attractive. More people are demanding increased flexibility with regards to where, when and how they work.
Despite this reality there are disputes about what the Gig economy refers to and, more importantly, there are very few hard facts and figures available which quantify this phenomenon. Most research tends to be qualitative rather than quantitative. In addition, we seldom hear from the people involved in freelancing and Gig work. This situation needs to be addressed and is therefore the catalyst for this study.
Free Trade Europa is an independent think tank promoting the social, economic and political benefits of openness, liberalisation and free trade for governments, companies and citizens. Free Trade Europa has written extensively about the platform, gig and sharing economy and published the following studies: “Nordic Disruption: Analysing the Platform Economy in Sweden”, “A New Hope: the role of the Platform Economy in facilitating migrants into the Swedish Labour market” and “A Fair Gig: addressing the working conditions of platform workers and the policy approach to the Platform Economy in Europe”. Find out more at: www.freetradeeuropa.eu
The Future of Work Institute was founded with the intention to make the future of work transparent and comprehensible for everyone. The Institute shares insights and collaborates with researchers to provide stakeholders within the labor market in general - and the gig economy in particular - with up to date data, for them to be able to make rational decisions built on facts. Publications cover a wide range of issues linked to the gig economy, including taxation, regulation, employment classification and the role of algorithms. Find out more at: https://www.appjobs.com/institute/