New forms of work and the platform economy: Platform work

Platform work is a new employment form that emerged in Europe about a decade ago. While still small in scale it has been growing dynamically and is expected to continue to grow in the future. This includes a notable rise in heterogeneity within platform work that needs to be considered when discussing its impact on the labour market and individual workers.

In the session, a categorisation of platform work will be presented and, for selected types, the identified opportunities and challenges highlighted. The European status quo will be compared to the developments and characteristics of platform work beyond Europe.

After this introduction on what we currently know about platform work, representatives from governments, trade unions, employer organisations as well as practitioners from a variety of Member States of the European Union will discuss what is already being done to maximise the potential and/or to minimise negative impacts and what can be done in the future.

Session Chair Irene Mandl
Session Theme 2 Networks at work