ICT for Employment and Employability -The Future of Work
In the context of the European Employment strategy, the Agenda for New Skills and Jobs, the Grand Coalition for ICT Jobs, and specifically in its 2012 EMPLOYMENT PACK, the JRC-IPTS is conducting research to inform policy makers on some of the new forms of work and pathways to employability mediated by the internet.
This research focuses on internet-mediated work activity: crowd-sourced labour, crowd funding, online volunteering and reciprocal work exchange (time banks). These have been developed over the last 10 years and are now growing in importance.
Key themes include: opportunities for entrepreneurship and self-employment, skills and social inclusion, paid and non-paid work and employment transitions. These trends are of relevance to employment related policy related temporary work, entrepreneurship and flexible working), skills policy, digital skills and access, SMEs, microfinance, social inclusion and public service delivery. There is considerable public, private and third sector activity in these areas, and many initiatives can be seen as models of social innovation. The result will be a report to policy makers in the fields of employment and social policy, and digital inclusion.
A number of experts have been contracted to provide state of the art reports and original fieldwork:
1. IER, University of Warwick, has been commissioned to conduct a short study addressing the following interrelated research questions:
The first phase of the research study consists of a literature review and mapping of crowdsourcing initiatives, which will inform the selection of cases for the second phase. The second phase of the study will comprise six in-depth case studies of services and initiatives in the categories introduced above.
2. Three experts are providing a more general background framework for understanding the trends in the areas under investigation, including a set of original short case studies.
IPTS is providing original analysis of internet-mediated work platforms and crowdsourcing.
Timeline and Events
January 2013: Project Start
11 June 2013: Project work for invited experts and policy officers, Brussels (see project briefing)
Workshop June 2013