Flexibilisation of labour markets of EU countries, driven by social, economic and technological changes, has been analysed quite a lot in the earlier work of PPMI. The phenomenon itself, however, is not limited to the EU. In the past years, similar trends have been increasingly affecting the EU Neighborhood countries as well. Such developments in the Western Balkan region are especially interesting, as these countries are in the process of aligning various areas of their economies with the EU standards.
In a recent study for the ETF, PPMI team had a chance to investigate the flexibilization of labour markets in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, with a particular focus on platform work. We provided a detailed overview of the most widespread novel employment relationships, which differ from ‘traditional work’ in terms of working conditions, content, and regulatory and legal ramifications. The analysis pointed to a number of challenges and opportunities that these transformations bring for the region. To learn more, please see the study reports.