The digital gig economy, defined as people who use online apps to complete gig-style work both locally and remotely, has expanded globally at an increasing rate; it is estimated that 70 million workers world-wide are registered on online labour platforms such as Freelancer.com and Fiverr. While public discussion often focuses on local gig work such as food delivery, surveys suggest an increasing number of people are going online to find remote gigs such as programming and translation services. Though the flexibility and autonomy of remote gig work may benefit some workers, new research from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford finds that there may be consequences to their well-being.
About the speakers
Alex J. Wood is a Researcher at the OII. He is a sociologist of work and employment, focusing on the changing nature of employment relations and labour market transformation.