Focusing on Austria, this report provides an overview of online platforms matching supply and demand for paid work, looking at different platforms and activities, working conditions, legal developments, and trends and changes in the labour market. It discusses the different concepts and definitions of platform work and describe how platforms operate. Furthermore, it will look at the characteristics of platforms, reflecting the extraordinary heterogeneity of this new form of employment. In addition, it discusses the composition of the platform workforce, their working conditions and their legal employment status based on case studies of workers and expert interviews.
This report was originally prepared at the request of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 and European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). The opinions expressed in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Austrian Presidency or Eurofound. See: https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2018/employment-and-working-conditions-of-selected-types-of-platform-work
The study is authored by Willem Pieter de Groen, Zachary Kilhoffer and Karolien Lenaerts of CEPS and Elias Felten of the University of Salzburg.
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