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Digital labour platforms and the future of work: Towards decent work in the online world

How much do crowdworkers earn?

The two ILO survey of crowdworkers, conducted in 2015 and 2017, asked about 3,500 workers about their working conditions. Questions also included earnings and hours spent doing crowdwork, distinguishing between time spent doing paid work (i.e. actual work tasks that the crowdworker was paid for) and time spent doing unpaid work (i.e. time spent looking for tasks, earning qualifications, researching requesters through online forums, communicating with requesters or clients and leaving reviews, as well as unpaid/rejected tasks/tasks ultimately not submitted). Two measures of hourly wage earnings are presented below: one that accounts only for hours spent on paid work, and the other for total hours spent on both paid and unpaid work.
 
Hover your mouse over the graph to explore how much crowdworkers earned on the different platforms. Click on the lines in the legend to remove a line from the chart or to add it.



 
Note: Amazon Mechanical Turk, CrowdFlower, Clickworker, Prolific and Microworkers are major microtask platform that operate globally.

Source: ILO Survey of crowdworkers, 2015 and 2017.