Author: Fabian Stephany

How big is the online labour workforce? Our data-driven approach to this tricky question

Development in digital communication technologies has made transacting work remotely easier and more economical. Online labour platforms, also known as online outsourcing, crowd-work, or online gig platforms, are at the forefront of this transition. They allow workers to serve multiple clients at varying hours remotely from their homes or co-working spaces instead of working full-time…
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Exploring new facets of global online freelancing with the Online Labour Index 2020

We launched the Online Labour Index (OLI) almost five years ago. Since then, it has become a point of reference for scholars and policy experts investigating the market for online gig work, also known as online freelancing and online outsourcing. Next week we’ll be launching the system’s biggest ever update, which introduces wider coverage, new interactive…
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Pandemic-proof jobs? IT freelancers in high demand, other online workers facing cuts

How are online labour markets reacting to the COVID-19 crisis? Does demand for online work diminish, as companies are facing declining revenues and reduce non-essential spending, or could the pandemic lock-down lead to additional demand for remote work? In our recent study “Distancing Bonus or Downscaling Loss? The Changing Livelihood of US Online Workers in Times…
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