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Overview of new forms of employment – 2018 update

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Across Europe, new forms of employment are emerging that differ significantly from traditional employment. Some of these forms of employment transform the relationship between employer and employee while others change work organisation and work patterns. They often involve locations other than the usual employer’s premises and/or extensive use of information and communications technology.

This new report published by Eurofound to update the 2015 overview identifies nine forms of employment that are either new or have become increasingly important in Europe since the year 2000: Strategic employee sharing, Job sharing, Interim management , Casual work, ICT-based mobile work, Voucher-based work, Portfolio work, Platform work, Collaborative self-employment. All of them are aimed at increasing flexibility for employers and/or employees.

Some may benefit employers and employees equally, but in a few cases there are concerns regarding their impact on working conditions and the labour market. The report highlights the need for awareness of potential problems and of safety nets for workers.

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