Around 56,000 people do regular platform work in Estonia

Nearly 56,000 people work through digital platforms every week in Estonia, shows the Foresight Centre study “Platform Work in Estonia in 2021”, which was published on Wednesday, 2 June. During the last year, more than 160,000 people have done platform work at least once.

“Working through digital platforms is widely spread in Estonia, but it is mainly done as additional work,” Expert of the Foresight Centre Johanna Vallistu said. “During the last three years, the number of those who do platform work from time to time has increased. Nearly 100,000 people do it at least once a month.”

7% of working age population in Estonia work through digital platforms every week. Most of this consists of delivery services, ride sharing and doing various jobs at the homes of other people (like construction, repair, gardening, child care). “At the same time, web-based work has increased the most during the last three years,” Vallistu remarked.

Platform work means doing gigs found through digital labour mediation platform for different customers. Platform work may be both location-based and web-based and require little or specialised skills. The best-known types of platform work are ride sharing, delivery services as well as IT work and graphic design: on web platforms. The study conducted by the Foresight Centre deals with eight most widely spread types of platform work.

On Wednesday, 2 June, the Foresight Centre of the Riigikogu published the study “Platform Work in Estonia in 2021”, which gives an overview of the trends in the work done through digital labour mediating platforms by the people of Estonia through the last three years.

The study was introduced by Head of the Foresight Centre Tea Danilov and Expert of the Centre Johanna Vallistu, and commented by CEO of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation Arto Aas and Deputy Secretary General on Labour and Employment Policy, Ministry of Social Affairs Sten Andreas Ehrlich.

The Foresight Centre is a think tank at the Chancellery of the Riigikogu that analyses long-term developments in society and the economy. The Centre conducts research projects to analyse the long-term developments in Estonian society, and to identify new trends and development directions.

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