Posts tagged: digital work

Uber: risk without autonomy or control

1 November 2016 0

Dr Alex J. Wood discussed the implications of the recent UK Uber Employment Tribunal ruling on BBC News. The court decided that Uber must classify its drivers as workers. The ruling means that, pending appeal, Uber drivers are entitled to the national minimum and living wage of £7.20 an hour, rest breaks and sick pay.… Read More »

Mapping the demand for online labour

27 October 2016 0

Our colleagues over at the Geonet project have drawn some wonderful maps based on our Online Labour Index country data. The open vacancies are plotted in the figure below. As you can see the distribution is extremely skewed, with the United States buying as much online labour as the whole world combined. One explanation behind this is… Read More »

How is online work classified in the OLI?

21 September 2016 0

The Online Labour Index  is an index measuring the changes in the volume of projects transacted in major online platforms. As a part of OLI, we also report a breakdown across different occupations. In this post I will discuss how the occupation classification used in the OLI is constructed. In order to classify the work done… Read More »

Which countries and occupations are embracing the online gig economy?

The Online Labour Index (OLI) is a new economic indicator that provides an online labour market equivalent of conventional labour market statistics. It is available online as an interactive visualization and automatically updating data set. In this post, we will use the index to examine some basic questions about the online gig economy: In which countries… Read More »

How the Online Labour Index is constructed

18 September 2016 0

The Online Labour Index is an index that measures the utilization of online labour platforms over time and across countries and occupations. Online labour platforms are here understood as platforms through which buyers and sellers of labour or services transact fully digitally. That is, we require that the worker and employer are matched digitally, the… Read More »