Research led by Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, is investigating the extent and nature of work managed via online platforms like Uber and Deliveroo across Europe – and how employment rights can be protected in increasingly digitalised labour markets.
Findings from a study into the gig economy across Europe strengthen the call for a new bill of rights to protect all workers from rising precarity and a wider ‘platformisation’ of work.
A study by the University of Hertfordshire, with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and UNI Europa, surveyed 17,000 gig economy workers in seven European countries. It identified the proportion of the population using online platforms to secure work, how much income they derive from this source and the characteristics of these workers.
The Prime Minister commissioned a review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy, led by RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor. Professor Huws gave oral evidence to the Review.
The Work and Pensions Select Committee held an inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy to examine whether the UK welfare system adequately supports the growing numbers of self-employed and gig economy workers. Read the written evidence submitted by Professor Huws.
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The digital revolution – including the growth of online intermediary platforms that manage work – must create an economy that works for everyone, the Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy has said.
The European Commission has pushed back the publication of new guidelines on how existing EU legislation should be applied to the ‘sharing economy’ from March to ‘mid-2016'.
Young people in the UK are “struggling to make a decent wage in an increasingly insecure and casualised labour market in which low pay is endemic”, according to Economics Editor for The Guardian, Larry Elliott, citing new University of Hertfordshire research.
Through her research into the changing nature of work in an increasingly digitised economy, Professor Ursula Huws is advising a key EU advisory body on the impact of the rapid growth of ‘crowd working’ on employment.
Members of the European Parliament have agreed that employment and social security policies must be adapted for the so-called sharing economy, as work managed through online platforms like Uber and Upwork continues to rise.