GiG: The Gig Economy and its Implications for Social Dialogue and Workers’ Protection Dates: January 2018-January 2020 Funder: Swiss Network for International Studies

New work concepts resulting from the digital transformation are revolutionising the world of work. The ‘gig economy’ or ‘sharing economy’ has profound implications for social dialogue and workers’ protection. While some see gigging as a way into the workforce for the hard-to-employ, others portend a pessimistic future of workers with little or no income-security protections. The project seeks to generate a better understanding of how the gig economy is transforming the social dialogue and workers’ protection and to provide an integrated picture of its implications for the role of employers, workers, government and society at large. The research will identify concrete policy options for public policy and social dialogue actors to meet the challenges of the gig economy. Thus, it will contribute to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognises the pivotal role of decent work in realising the 17 Social Development Goals.  

The three main questions guiding the research are: 

  • What are the implications of the gig economy for employment arrangements, social protection, and for social dialogue and labour relations in different sectors and countries? 
  • How can the technological and business-model innovation of the gig economy be managed and enhanced to ensure it delivers a measure of security and social protection to the millions of workers who are beginning to depend on it for their livelihoods? 
  • What should be the role of social dialogue and the social partners in shaping developments in the gig economy and ensuring decent work for ‘crowd workers’? 

Publication:  

  • Montgomery, T. and Baglioni, S. (2020). The Gig Economy and its Implications for Social Dialogue and Workers’ Protection: UK Report.  

Project Lead: Jean-Michel Bonvin

Project Team: Simone Baglioni, Tom Montgomery

Sustainable Development Goals