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Why the gig economy won’t save us from the Covid-19 jobs crisis

While many parts of the economy are in crisis, the digital platform sector is booming—and may well be the only viable employers for many. But their business models give workers less freedom, not more

By Mathew Lawrence  

A food delivery Uber Eats worker wears a protective face mask due to the spread of coronavirus. Krakow, Poland on April 16, 2020. The rule of covering the nose and mouth in public places with face masks, carves or handkerchiefs came into force from April 16th. The order will not apply to children up to the age of two and people who are unable to cover their mouth or nose due to breathing difficulties. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto)

With the recent grim economic figures, the UK has now achieved two shocking Covid-19 records: the worst recession of any G7 country and the highest excess death rate in Europe. The pain is set to intensify, with many forecasting a weak recovery and long-term scarring effects from the deepest economic contraction since records began. But one part of the economy has surged during the crisis: the digital platforms that increasingly organise our lives, from Amazon and Alphabet to Deliveroo and Uber. The implications of this change is profound…

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