platforms have become a common feature in today’s world and part of our
everyday lives. Platforms have grown five-fold over the past decade and have
become even more prominent since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Platform work covers a range of tasks
provide businesses with a new way of outsourcing work to a global workforce.
Platform work covers a range of tasks such as designing a website, developing
software or training an algorithm. They are changing the way work is organised
Digital platforms are creating new opportunities
According to an ILO study , digital platforms
are creating new opportunities, particularly for women, young people, persons
with disabilities and marginalised groups in different parts of the world.
Digital platform workers often lack access to traditional employment
platforms are also blurring the previously clear distinction between employees
and the self-employed. Most of the time, workers are poorly paid, and their
everyday experience is defined by algorithms. They also often lack access to
traditional employment benefits such as social protection, paid leave, minimum
wages and collective bargaining.