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In April 2017 PPMI commenced implementation of the service contract awarded by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). As part of the contract we will design and implement an online panel survey to gather knowledge from EU citizens/ service providers participating in digital labour platform activities. The survey will cover 14 countries in the EU with 2,300 responses from each country, yielding an overall of 32,200 responses collected. 

In 2015, gross revenue in the EU from digital labour platforms and providers was estimated to be EUR 28 billion. Given the increasing size of the collaborative economy and its potentially disruptive impact on the traditional forms of employment, it is important to understand its dynamics as well as the characteristics and experiences of service providers. However, there is a lack of official statistics on employment via digital labour platforms. Our study will improve understanding of who the EU citizens/ service providers working on digital labour platforms are, their motivations for using digital labour platforms, the type of work they carry out and remuneration they derive from these activities. The survey will also help understand the cross-border provision of services and its specificities.

The project will be completed by the end of September 2017. For more information on the project or our experience conducing online panel surveys and assisting EU and national institutions with social research, please contact Egidijus Barcevičius.


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