The sharing economy in the UK

The main focus of this report is on the development of the sharing economy in the lodging or accommodation sector. Most data stem from Euromonitor International’s Travel system. The report describes the increase in economic efficiency due to sharing economy platforms, and explains why this is not captured in GDP. Further, it discusses the statistics needed to inform suitable policies, based on a new typology of the sharing economy. Lastly, the report calls for the collection of better evidence on the sharing economy as an important part of the digital transformation of business, as a priority.


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The sharing economy in the UK
Coyle, D. (2016), 'The sharing economy in the UK,' SEUK (Sharing Economy UK).


  • TaskRabbit, Airbnb, Zipcar
  • household tasks, accommodation, professional services, transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work, On-location client-determined moderately skilled work, On-location platform-determined higher-skilled work
  • United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • Policy document
  • client characteristics
  • English
  • SEUK (Sharing Economy UK) (Employer organisation)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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