Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE)
Handbook on Measuring Digital Platform Employment and Work
National Statistical Offices face a growing policy demand for better statistics on
digital platform employment and work. New statistical definitions are needed to avoid
undercounting the number of people involved in these jobs. In addition, new sources
of data, including non-official ones, may be needed to meet the statistical challenges
of measuring digital platform employment and work. The OECD, the International Labour
Organisation and the European Commission have joined forces to produce this Handbook
on Measuring Digital Platform Employment and Work, which assesses measurement options
and provides first recommendations on these issues. The Handbook first proposes a
general definition of digital platform work and a conceptual framework that helps
identify the key features of digital platform employment and work, which statisticians
should bear in mind when designing their research objectives and operational protocol.
The Handbook then reviews the main statistical vehicles used for measuring digital
platform employment, and discusses previous statistical initiatives by National Statistical
Offices through the lens of its conceptual framework.