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Gig workers are characterised as contractors rather than employees, and are paid per delivery rather than per hour. That’s why certain visa restrictions don’t apply to them. Charles Platiau/Reuters

Being exploited and breaching your visa: the limited choices of the food delivery worker

Whether or not food delivery workers feel exploited is irrelevant, because they have few other options.
Is freelancing the future of employment? Pixabay

Is freelancing the future of employment?

Freelancing is hardly the glamorous, coffee-fueled industry shown on TV. In OECD countries, most gig workers are in the service sector.
Gig workers saw their work as flexible but also with its risks. Reynaldo Vasconcelos/Newzulu/AAP

‘The way they manipulate people is really saddening’: study shows the trade-offs in gig work

A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.
Cafes might have hosted work for centuries but are they the best place for gig workers to do their thing? TOLGA BOZOGLU/EPA

What workspaces are the best for freelance workers?

When it comes to gig workers, research says it's better to work with others and in the same place everytime.
Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment. Census WA/AAP

We need to find new ways to measure the Australian labour force

The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
The Collective Old Oak co-living block in London has more than 500 apartments with bedrooms and bathrooms. All other spaces are shared. David Hawgood/Geograph

Reinventing density: co-living, the second domestic revolution

While some forms of co-living seek to match modern lifestyles and a desire to downsize, other profit-driven models simply exploit a lack of affordable housing alternatives.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ. Dave Hunt/AAP

New risks for disability care workers under the NDIS

The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.
At the moment there is official classification for gig work, like the type uber drivers do. Reynaldo Vasconcelos/Newzulu

Workers are taking on more risk in the gig economy

Workers in the gig economy have to deal with labour insecurity but they also take on more risk by using their own money to buy the tools they need to work.
The Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption. www.shutterstock.com

Digital disruption: STEM graduates and more regulation not the answer

A Productivity Commission report on digital disruption argues that government's should stop creating barriers to innovation but it fails to provide solutions on privacy and ownership of data.

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