Platform economy database

Eurofound’s platform economy database provides information on publications, articles, court cases, initiatives and other outputs related to platform work, or those forms of work that are organised and mediated through online platforms (websites and apps). This resource provides metadata for each entry, such as the name of the author, year of publication, whether it concerns an open access or subscription-based material, a brief description of the content and where available a web link to a source from which eligible users may access content.

Research carried out prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, and published subsequently, may include data relating to the 28 EU Member States. Following this date, research only takes into account the 27 EU Member States (EU28 minus the UK), unless specified otherwise.

1109 items found

The Invisible Worker is a new zine exploring the interface between work and technology, using writing and visual art to highlight how new forms of technology are changing the workplace. By creating collaborative publications, which...

On 27 November 2020, the High Court of Justice in Spain ruled that riders of Glovo are employees and not self-employed. The Spanish Court changed its previous criteria after ruling in September 2019 that Glovo Riders were self-employed...

Cooperatives are working with trade unions to provide alternative ownership models for online labour platforms. Faced with continuing automation and digitisation, the world of work is experiencing drastic changes. Approximately 45%-60%...

After coming under fire for its strict and confusing limitations on paid sick leave, Uber announced that it is expanding eligibility for contractors affected by COVID-19—with the catch that the financial aid package each driver receives...

Workers in the gig economy are being exposed to coronavirus infection because the government is failing to enforce EU safety at work regulations. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has written to the Department for...

Impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, Uber is renewing itself by adding two new activities to its range of services. It is directly tackling the delivery of parcels in B2C or between individuals. Uber Eats service has already evolved...

Platform work has always involved an asymmetry of risk between the worker and the platform, with the worker bearing most of the burden. Those asymmetries have been sharpened during the COVID-19 pandemic. While platform workers are...

Platform workers, such as Deliveroo or Uber Eats riders, are deemed as ‘essential workers’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they are usually engaged as self-employed contractors rather than employees, and therefore do not enjoy...

This article gives an in depth discussion on the recent development of unemployment insurance in the United States, especially for platform workers. As COVID-19 keeps people indoors, delivery and other contract workers are more visible...

YouTube content creators and users formed a so-called YouTubers Union (YTU), in order to collectively challenge the platform’s governance decisions. This development represents a first major instance of collective action in the platform...