For many platform workers, the advantages of working via online platforms such as Deliveroo, Uber and Werkspot outweigh the disadvantages, according to a study published Thursday by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP). Especially the possibility to do such work attracts people. The study does show that the disadvantages affect some groups disproportionately.
Platform work offers people the opportunity to do some extra work, which can offer students a solution, for example. In addition, the SCP states that such work offers opportunities for people with a migrant background or other groups who have a more difficult time in the traditional economy.
Above all, it is the flexibility that people experience, because they can decide for themselves whether they take on a job or not. Because the assignment of a job is not controlled by a boss in the traditional sense of the word, people experience a lot of freedom in this process. Finally, it is by no means always the case that the platform economy is poorly paid.
The risks are limited job security, rapidly changing employment conditions and lower average earnings. Platforms also do little or nothing about training. Some platforms offer workers less freedom, for example by linking income to the times when the work is carried out.
Especially when platform work is a part-time job, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for most workers. For the group that does relatively simple work and also has to make ends meet, there are more disadvantages to platform work. However, the SCP cannot say on the basis of the study whether these people are worse off than in the traditional economy.
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