The workplace is undeniably in the midst of profound change. Not only has job security been battered over the past few decades, but the very nature of work is being transformed in the digital age.
In addition to an uptick in short-term contracts in many countries, more and more workers are forsaking the traditional subordinated employee-employer relationship for more flexible working arrangements. Witness the rise in part-time work and freelancing and their facilitation by online platforms.
In the face of this, it is becoming increasingly clear across advanced economies that the current framework for employee benefits and protections is failing these non-traditional workers.
France Stratégie analysts Cécile Jolly, Emmanuelle Prouet and Vanessa Wisnia-Weill examine this in a recent paper, asking whether the rules need to be adapted or rewritten outright to provide these workers with an employment safety net.
Source : Eurostat, “Labour Force Survey”, 15 to 64-year-olds (Metropolitan France).