Publications on digital labour platforms


  1. Publication

    Legal analysis of labour relations in delivery services through digital platforms in Argentina - Executive summary

    30 October 2020

    This research focuses on the legal analysis of labor relations in delivery services through digital platforms in Argentina. It develops the business model, providing conceptual and also specific data on the real legal classification of companies, their organizational type, as well as the legal status of the service provider and the characteristics of the contracting of said service.

  2. Publicación

    Work on delivery platforms in Argentina: Analysis and policy recommendations -- Executive Summary

    30 October 2020

    As intermediaries between supply and demand, platforms encompass a wide variety of services that involve the performance of specific tasks by providers, generally labeled as "independent". Among the most common types of tasks covered by this form of work there is a wide range of services, generally of low complexity, such as delivery services, courier services and home delivery of products. The provision of services through digital platforms has motivated different opinions about the relationship between service providers and the platforms themselves. The analysis of the indicators of economic, technical and legal dependence conducted by observing the contracting modalities carried out by these distribution platforms, are indicative to determine the nature of the link established between them and the service providers. This report provides an in depth analysis of the actors of the digital delivery platforms in Argentina, their relationships, their characteristics and working conditions and, in turn, proposes a series of policy recommendations to improve their situation.

  3. ILO Working Paper 11

    Digital Labour Platforms and Labour Protection in China

    13 October 2020

    This paper explores the implications of the digital labour platforms for labour regulation in China and the potential applicability of existing laws and regulations to platform work.

  4. Publication

    Call for proposal - Youth employment opportunities in the digital economy in Ethiopia

    23 September 2020

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) seek the support of a consultant to carry out mappings and consultations on the employment potential of the digital economy.

  5. Publication

    Synthesis report: Skills shortages and labour migration in the field of information and communication technology in Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand

    22 September 2020

  6. Publication

    Skills shortages and labour migration in the field of information and communication technology in Canada, China, Germany and Singapore

    18 September 2020

  7. Publication

    The future of work in the digital economy

    17 September 2020

    Paper prepared for the Employment Working Group meeting under the 2020 Russian presidency of the BRICS

  8. Technical Brief

    Using digital technologies in employment-intensive works

    01 September 2020

    This technical brief presents examples of the Employment-Intensive Investment Programme’s (EIIP) use of digital technologies during the planning, implementation, monitoring and closure/evaluation phases of a project cycle.

  9. International Labour Review, Vol. 159 (2020), No. 1

    Labour geographies of the platform economy: Understanding collective organizing strategies in the context of digitally mediated work

    22 April 2020

    The article examines the geographies of collective labour struggle in the platform economy. It distinguishes between the unique spatial features associated with place-based work and crowdwork to examine the divergent collective organizing strategies developed therein. Taking works councils, collective bargaining and multi-enterprise agreements as three examples of social dialogue, the article considers why different types of platform workers gravitate towards particular strategies, analyses the regulatory frameworks within which these workers’ collective struggles are bound, and assesses the propensity for these expressions of solidarity to improve the terms and conditions of platform work.


  1. Research Department Working Paper n°48

    Trade wars and their labour market effects

    09 October 2019

    Recent years have seen a remarkable reversal in trade liberalization with the significant raises in tariffs on imports among major G20 economies. This working paper discusses the rationale for these policy shifts, provides an overview of recent measures, especially those implemented by the US administration and presents an overview of the estimated effects on employment as currently presented in the literature. The paper also provides an overview of the specific challenges represented by trade in digital services.