The Future of Social Protection for Online Gig Workers

7 Nov 2018

On 7 November, the OECD launched The Future of Social Protection: What Works for Non-Standard Workers?. The study is relevant in a context in which work patterns increasingly deviates from the model of full-time dependent employee towards self-employment or gig worker pattern. Traditional social protection systems were designed for the former model and is jeopardised by new technologies. Currently, online platforms and sharing economy business have made it easier to offer and find work online. These new spaces have created a mass of non-standard workers who are not protected by the social security system. The publication brings lessons from seven countries -  Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden - where some sort of social protection to non-standard workers is provided and suggests policy options for them.

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It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

 

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