Digital Labour in Central and Eastern Europe: Evidence from the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey

51 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2019

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Agnieszka Piasna

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: December 9, 2019

Abstract

This working paper presents the results of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey conducted in Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia in 2018-2019. The objective is to map the extent of digital labour in central and eastern Europe (CEE) based on the analysis of two types of online sources for generating income: internet work; and its subset, platform work. The researchers did not find evidence that internet and platform work is creating a qualitatively new labour market that encroaches on traditional age and gender segmentation. Neither is it a market of ‘student jobs’. Moreover, the labour market situation of internet and platform workers was somewhat more precarious than that for employed people generally, with a higher incidence of non-standard and fragmented employment.

Keywords: digital economy; sharing economy; crowd work; employment; labour market; precarious employment; gender; Central Europe; Eastern Europe

Suggested Citation

Piasna, Agnieszka and Drahokoupil, Jan, Digital Labour in Central and Eastern Europe: Evidence from the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey (December 9, 2019). ETUI Research Paper - Working Paper 2019.12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3500717 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3500717

Agnieszka Piasna (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

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European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

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