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Online Labour Index

What is it measuring?

The index counts the number of projects and tasks posted on the five largest English-language online platforms, classified by occupation and country.

What does it tell us?

The Online Labour Index is intended to track trends in online labor, and is normalized to the number of projects posted in May 2016, when the project begun. The number of projects and tasks in the first month has a value of 100, and numbers higher than that represent growth. In August 2019, the index had risen to 130.5, representing a 30 percent increase since May 2016.

How is it collected?

All the projects or tasks posted on the five largest English-language online labor platforms are automatically posted in real time.

Who collects it?

The iLabour Project of the Oxford Internet Institute, a project of the University of Oxford funded by the European Research Council.

Considerations

The Online Labour Index is one of the few international measures of gig economy activity. It is a measure of projects and tasks, rather than of people participating in gig work. It can only be used to look at trends since 2016, rather than absolute counts of either tasks or workers.

How to access this data?

Publicly available on Figshare, an online open access repository.

Reports

Online Labour Index: Measuring the Online Gig Economy for Policy and Research; 2018; Otto Kässi and Vili Lehdonvirta; Technological Forecasting and Social Change;