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Working for a Platform

Platform workers, share your experience

  • It is often heard that the working conditions of platform workers are really bad. But is this true? 
  • Could it be that some platform workers, in India for instance, are quite happy with their jobs?
  • Which contracts are satisfactory?
  • Which platforms are considered the best by the workers or self-employed who find employment there?
  • Does it make sense to create Collective Agreements for platform workers?      

 

  • Over the next few years WageIndicator.co.uk and WageIndicator Foundation will systematically collect answers to these and similar questions. At the same time we will gather more information about the working conditions of platform workers. We'll start by collecting data from platform workers in 6 countries:

 

What exactly will WageIndicator.co.uk and WageIndicator do?

We hope to be able to show in a couple of months which platforms - and which countries - have the shortest and longest working hours, which contracts are relatively better as compared to other contracts, and what the wage differences are between the platforms selected. The more information we collect, the better we will be able to compare and share smart solutions with platform workers, platform organisations, trade unions and other interested parties. A useful implementation our results could lead to are, for instance, platform clauses in Collective Agreements. Of course, how this will work out  depends on the quantity and quality of the data we will be able to collect. The overall goal is improved and fair platform work.

Is this new?

It definitely is. Thus far, there is no other comparable systematic research focusing on the working conditions of platform workers on this scale. And since WageIndicator Foundation, the driving force behind it, is active in 140 countries, a massive roll out is quite conceivable. Moreover, we can easily compare the earnings of platform workers with those of employees in ‘normal’ businesses.

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