Should digital labour platforms be treated as private employment agencies?

This Foresight Brief examines whether digital labour platforms should be treated as private employment agencies. Platforms like LinkedIn may rightfully be perceived by the general public to be mere social networks,  but underneath their sleek design, they also act as an employment service. This brief specifically focused on one of the central principles of international labour standards on employment services, namely that jobseekers must not be charged any fees or costs for job-finding services, unless those fees or costs have been approved by a competent authority. 

Stefano, V.D. and Wouters, M. (2019). Should digital labour platforms be treated as private employment agencies? Foresight Brieds, European Trade Union Institute.

Metadata

  • professional services
  • 2019
  • Policy document
  • employability and career progression, information asymmetry
  • English
  • ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) (Research institute)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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