In search of the ‘Gig-Economy’

The concept of the “gig-economy” reflects two fundamental trends in the labour market – the use of digital platform technologies to extend the reach of service provision and the intensification of fragmentation into self-employment, and micro firms.
Unfortunately the term is used imprecisely to describe many different implementations of these trends, which has led in turn to sweeping generalisations regarding the need for increased intervention on terms and conditions for those working in many different areas of what might imprecisely be called the “gig-economy”.
Our research seeks to establish the argument for greater clarity of definitions to enable effective intervention and regulation to challenge exploitation and to prevent the ‘blunt’ policies which destroy good work.

Read the report here