Posts tagged: economics

Where are online workers located? The international division of digital gig work

The Internet has created a global market for digitally delivered freelance work, which is currently growing rapidly. Our new Online Labour Index worker supplement reveals what skills different countries are bringing to the market. For instance, the top occupational category in the United States is writing and translation, while in the Indian subcontinent it is… Read More »

The online gig economy grew 26% over the past year

Online freelancing and crowdwork are some of the terms used for temporary and project-based work conducted remotely over digital platforms. Unlike the local gig economy of driving and delivery work, this online gig economy often requires specialized skills such as programming and graphic design. Conventional economic indicators are poor at measuring this new market, so… 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 »