The platform economy and the disruption of the employment relationship.

This policy brief considers the impact of online platforms on labour markets and on the employment relationship in particular. It discusses the importance of outsourcing platforms, arguing that the ‘collaborative economy’ used by the European Commission (EC) is a misleading concept, as the trend is in fact just an extension of the market mechanism. The authors also propose concrete policies that would address the risks related to platform-mediated work.

Drahokoupil, J. and Fabo, B. (2016), The platform economy and the disruption of the employment relationship, ETUI Policy Brief No. 5, Brussels, Belgium.


  • Policy document, Research publication
  • EU28
  • Yes
  • no specific sector focus
  • employment status
  • English
  • ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) (Research institute)
  • Qualitative research
  • 2016
  • Open access
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