Experts Angle: Working in the gig-economy: benefits and traps.

Speaker: Emmanuel Josserand and Sarah Kaine - Centre for Business and Social Innovation University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School

Duration: 39:13 minutes

The gig-economy, defined as platform-enabled work, is expanding with various industry sectors transforming standard employment into crowd work or work on demand. In most cases, and sometimes unlawfully, workers are engaged as contractors rather than employees. If you are already working in the gig-economy or considering doing so, this recorded webinar will help you better understand the opportunities and risks associated with this new form of work. We will cover:

  • Definition of the gig-economy and where it is heading,
  • The advantages of this form of work,
  • The risks and limitations for you as a micro-entrepreneur,
  • The benefits and issues for the future of work.

This recorded webinar is based on Professor Emmanuel Josserand and Associate Professor Sarah Kaine from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School recent research in various sectors, including, but not exclusively, the ridesharing and bike delivery industry.

To stay up to date on the gig economy visit and to learn more about employment/contractors visit the Fairwork Ombudsman's site

About Sarah Kaine

A/Prof Sarah Kaine is currently Research Director: Future of Work, Organising and Enterprise in the Centre for Business and Social Innovation (UTS Business School). Sarah is interested in innovation in employment relations and regulation– beyond the bounds of traditional labour law, Corporate Social Responsibility and its link to industrial relations. Sarah frequently appears in the media commenting on industrial relations issues, particularly emerging issues in the gig economy and is frequently requested to speak in a variety of forums on these issues (including government inquiries and industry association conferences). Prior to becoming an academic Sarah worked as an industrial relations practitioner and a consultant to not-for-profit organisations.

About Emmanuel Josserand

Emmanuel Josserand is a Professor of Management at University of Technology Sydney and Director of the Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI). His research focuses on business and social innovation. He has worked extensively with business as a researcher and a consultant, focusing on innovative project and especially business model innovation. He participated in several research projects on the gig-economy and the implication of the corresponding business models for workers.

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