A good gig? The rise of on-demand domestic work

Working and discussion papers
December 2016
Abigail Hunt and Fortunate Machingura

Women make up 80% of the 67 million domestic workers globally, increasing numbers of whom are now turning to the rapidly-growing on-demand economy for domestic work in developing countries. The potential risks and benefits attached to this burgeoning form of work may therefore affect women disproportionately.

On-demand work is not automatically empowering, and can shift risk from employers onto domestic workers themselves. This report proposes that urgent action be taken to ensure that the 'Uberisation' of domestic work evolves to the benefit of all. The infancy of the on-demand domestic work economy in developing countries means it is not too late to raise standards. This will involve proactive efforts by companies to 'design-in' good practice, as well as by government to ensure an integrated future policy, legal, practice and research agenda.

The gig economy in complex refugee situations

Journal articles or issues | June 2018 | Abigail Hunt, Emma Samman, Dina Mansour-Ille and Henrieke Max
The gig economy has some potential to help refugees participate in host communities and to bolster economic participation. From Forced Migration Review 58.