Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Social Policy Review 29Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2017$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Hudson, Catherine Needham, and Elke Heins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336211

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336211.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM POLICY PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.policypress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Policy Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PPSO for personal use.date: 25 June 2022

Workers on tap but income drying up? The potential implications for incomes and social protection of the ‘gig economy’

Workers on tap but income drying up? The potential implications for incomes and social protection of the ‘gig economy’

Chapter:
(p.23) Two Workers on tap but income drying up? The potential implications for incomes and social protection of the ‘gig economy’
Source:
Social Policy Review 29
Author(s):

Lee Gregory

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336211.003.0002

This chapter explores the issues on labour market and the tax and benefit system, focusing in particular on the rise of the so-called ‘on-demand economy’ or ‘gig economy’. Encompassing the image of the ‘gig’ — a sought after opportunity to perform and earn an income — the term seeks to capture a whole series of employment practices. From well-publicised activities such as those of Uber, the on-demand taxi app, to online marketplaces such as Etsy and accommodation platforms like Airbnb, there has been an increase in small-scale entrepreneurship. Ultimately, the rise in on-demand employment offers a number of challenges for the design and implementation of both social protection for the relief of poverty and efforts to prevent poverty. The chapter then studies similarities between the language of the ‘on-demand’ economy and the re-emergence of moralistic and pathological accounts of poverty.

Keywords:   labour market, tax, benefit system, on-demand economy, gig economy, employment practices, small-scale entrepreneurship, on-demand employment, social protection, poverty

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.