In the studies on labour market change and transformation of employment relations, the growth of new forms of self-employment, including platform work, has raised a broad debate about how to defne, classify, and analyse the wide range of positions within the heterogeneous category of self-employed workers. This article analyses the emergent methodologies used in European comparative labour statistics to identify forms of dependency in self-employment. Using the 6th wave of the 2015 European Working Condition Survey and the 2017 ad hoc module on self-employment from the European Labour Force Survey, this article discusses how the representation of dependent self-employment changes by adopting a diferent operationalization of economic and operational dependency. Findings show how diferent indicators of dependency change the representation of self-employment in diferent economic sectors, afecting our understanding of the transformation of working arrangements within self-employment and the boundaries between employment and self-employment.

Independent or Dependent? European Labour Statistics and Their (In)ability to Identify Forms of Dependency in Self-employment / R. Bozzon, A. Murgia. - In: SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH. - ISSN 0303-8300. - (2021). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1007/s11205-021-02798-1]

Independent or Dependent? European Labour Statistics and Their (In)ability to Identify Forms of Dependency in Self-employment

R. Bozzon
;
A. Murgia
2021

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In the studies on labour market change and transformation of employment relations, the growth of new forms of self-employment, including platform work, has raised a broad debate about how to defne, classify, and analyse the wide range of positions within the heterogeneous category of self-employed workers. This article analyses the emergent methodologies used in European comparative labour statistics to identify forms of dependency in self-employment. Using the 6th wave of the 2015 European Working Condition Survey and the 2017 ad hoc module on self-employment from the European Labour Force Survey, this article discusses how the representation of dependent self-employment changes by adopting a diferent operationalization of economic and operational dependency. Findings show how diferent indicators of dependency change the representation of self-employment in diferent economic sectors, afecting our understanding of the transformation of working arrangements within self-employment and the boundaries between employment and self-employment.
Self-employment; Dependent self-employment; Dependent contractors; Economic dependency; Operational dependency
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
Settore SPS/09 - Sociologia dei Processi economici e del Lavoro
25-set-2021
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