As the number of people working via online platforms increases, the employment status, working conditions, and social protection of platform workers presents a growing concern. As a result, in its 2021 work programme the European Commission foresees an initiative to improve the working conditions of platform workers. PPMI will support the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) in carrying out an impact assessment of the initiative.

The study involves a review of policy responses to platform work challenges in EU-27, including the coordination of national experts in each Member State, as well as select countries outside the EU. Furthermore, PPMI will review recent consultations with social partners and conduct interviews with the relevant EU and national stakeholders, capturing balanced views on the issues associated with the working conditions of platform workers. Finally, PPMI will launch an online panel survey of platform workers and other workers who encounter algorithmic management practices in their work, as well as collect data through web scraping of online platforms. The data collection activities will inform a cost-benefit analysis which will yield insights for the overall assessment of the initiative.

The results of the study are expected to be available in November 2021.

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