22 items in GIG ECONOMY
In the second of the two major anti-big tech rulings this week, the UK supreme court concludes that Uber drivers are
employees and not
independent contractors. Potentially huge ramifications for the gig economy. Links to the full ruling here
, the summary from Jeremias Adams-Prassl, Professor of Law, here
, and - as ever - great conversation on it in the group here
Issue #228 published 21 Feb 2021
Can Europeans come up with an alternative to the gig economy’s “growth at all cost” model?
gets more interesting at the halfway point when it looks at cooperatives like CoopCycle. We really need to recognise the diversity of possible relationships between individual and organisation - and move away from the over simplistic binary of ‘exploited gig worker’ vs ‘privileged employee. H/T brainfooder Tris Revill
for the share in the fb group
Issue #224 published 24 Jan 2021
Nicolas Colin is one of the most interesting and accessible thinkers on the future of work; he makes the case here
for the need for nuance when handling the challenges of the gig economy, and warns that a singular interpretation of alternative work being inherently exploitative will inevitably lead to legislative errors which harms the population it is intended to protect
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
Digital talent platforms have matured, and many companies are using them to hire skilled gig workers. Now they need to get strategic about it.
Great call to action for TA to get serious about building the on-demand workforce into their talent delivery plans. If we don’t do it, somebody else will - have a read
Issue #213 published 9 Nov 2020
from Nicolas Colin -
regulation intended to prevent worker exploitation is using an obsolete model of that work, which may in fact harm the workers it aims to protect - as well frustrate the growth of the entrepreneurial economy.
: California threw out Prop22
last week, in a reversal of the decision to classify Uber / Lyft drivers as employees, which inadvertently hammered all other
kinds of non-permanent work, as well as leading to Uber / Lyft from ceasing operations in the state. One for a future Brainfood Live
, I think
Issue #213 published 9 Nov 2020
Arise Virtual Solutions, part of the secretive world of work-at-home customer service, helps large corporations shed costs at the expense of workers. Now the pandemic is creating a boom in the industry.
A brave new world folks, though with some rather old economics. Still, the future is being made and if we want a more equitable proposition, we have to build a better offering. Meanwhile, others are building this
Issue #209 published 11 Oct 2020
I’m Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy. I used to be a full-time engineer but in 2015, I quit my day job to run the blog full-time! My team and I write about what it’s really like to be a driver for Uber, Lyft and lots of other gig services.
The 👆about me page should be enough for you to take a click at this superb post
, comparing different gig economy platforms from the perspective of the workers. The mechanics of the gig economy are going to spread far behind food & people delivery folks, so essential reading. H/T brainfooder Simon McSorley
for the original share in the fb group
Issue #203 published 30 Aug 2020
Thanks to brainfooders Simon McSorley
and Bas van de Haterd
for both starting conversations around the implications of the AB5 ruling against Uber and Lyft, redefining drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. Smart conversation going on in the fb group
. as well as in this Hacker News thread
too. Bottom line? we need to diversify the legal categories of worker
Issue #202 published 23 Aug 2020
The characterisation of the gig economy as an exploitative canard - only used by companies unwilling to extend the benefits of full time employment to their workforce - was always too simplistic to be accurate. Regulation to protect those workers inevitably create unexpected outcomes. Must read
Issue #196 published 12 Jul 2020
More stories on the tension between the platform vs gig workers on them. And yet even with this type of exploitation
, both Uber and Lyft are loss making enterprises. Consumers get an amazing service at below market rate, subsidised by the VC’s and the folks doing the driving.
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
Somehow missed this from Laetitia Vitaud
earlier this year. She is an acute commentator on the future of work as there is. This is an outstanding essay on how changing workforce demands will in term transform the responsibility of ‘HR’. Must read folks. H/T brainfooder Matt Bradburn
for the share.
Issue #112 published 23 Apr 2020
The creative economy has pretty always been the gig economy. Now that we’re all about to catch up, it pays to pay attention to how they are getting paid. This is an anonymous, crowdsourced list
of which publications pay freelance writers, and how much. A cool tool and maybe a message from the future
Issue #151 published 23 Apr 2020
Written as a critique of the gig or platform economy, this essay can also be read as a forecast of a future all of us might share - our pay becoming dependent on how customers rate our service. Note: this would be irrespective of whether they are qualified to do so or not. Food for thought
for all of us I’d say…
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
The power imbalance between payments providers and content creators is laid bare in this weeks decision by PayPal to pull out of Pornhub
- leaving thousands of platform workers scrambling for alternatives, none of which adequately replace PayPal’s market dominance. Financial de-platforming…perhaps an unpleasant yet necessary consideration for platform workers in the gig economy.
Issue #162 published 23 Apr 2020
For the record, I disagree with my old boss Azeem Azhar
’s argument for increased government oversight in regulating work on online platforms. He makes a strong case though in this accessible essay on the future of platform economy. Have a read here
and make up your own mind.
Issue #98 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazon Mechanical Turk was perhaps the first ‘gig working’ platform launched as far back as 2005, it was a place where remote workers can do some menial digital tasks for micropayments. The Hustle breaks down whether you can actually make 'being a Turker’ a viable side hustle. Great - and balanced - read
of a method of labour organisation which is an inevitable part of our future
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Agencies, marketplaces, platforms - are all in the same business of connecting buyer and seller. They just got to do it more efficiently than the open market. Paul Millerd
offers a critique of the promise of the upstream gig economy from the POV of the talent, one familiar with a lot of us who’ve signed up to the gig economy. H/T ‘foodie Ollie Glass
for the share
Issue #128 published 23 Apr 2020
5th annual report from Upwork and the Freelancers Union on the state of the freelance economy. Essential
resource from one of market makers of the new economy. You need to download and read this paper - do it here
Issue #108 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding report from JP Morgan on the platform economy. This is not traditional contractors, this is work distributed by an online platform rather than open market. Sector divergence is the key finding, with the recommendation for tailored policy approaches. Download the full report here
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
“..you have your 9-5, 5-9 and your weekend job”. Fascinating report into the tech enabled gig economy. In the developing world economies, with Nigeria, Indonesia and Vietnam as exemplars, this is already the norm.
Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Rental is the new retail’ so the saying goes, as consumers avoid the headache of having to actually own
things. The movement will inevitably come to hiring, as employers get rid of the headache of 'owning’ workers, preferring instead to rent them. Have a read here
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
The future of organised labour might look a lot like this
- market wide co-ordination of gig workers, independent of any employer or platform. Last week’s call for a nationwide strike
in the face of heightened risk of work during the pandemic is an early sign of things to come. Have a look
- we might belong to it or something like it, one day.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020