This story was written by the ILO Newsroom For official ILO statements and speeches, please visit our “Statements and Speeches” section.

Media advisory

ILO to release report on the impact of digital labour platforms on the world of work

Media advisory | 17 February 2021

GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch its flagship report, World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work on Tuesday 23 February, 2021.

The report focuses on two main types of digital labour platform: online web-based platforms, where tasks are performed online and remotely by workers, and location-based platforms, where tasks are performed at a specified physical location by individuals, such as taxi drivers and delivery workers.

It examines how digital labour platforms are transforming the world of work and how that affects employers and workers. The report draws on the findings from surveys and interviews conducted by the ILO with some 12,000 workers and representatives of 85 businesses around the world in multiple sectors.

It also includes recommendations on how to ensure that digital labour platforms provide decent work opportunities and foster the growth of sustainable businesses.

For UNOG-accredited correspondents, an embargoed virtual press briefing will take place on Tuesday 23 February from 08:15 to 09:15 GMT (09:15 to 10:15 CET). Login details will be sent to journalists ahead of the briefing.

Selected regional journalists will be able to follow the virtual briefing via YouTube. The link will be sent in advance.

The report and all associated materials will be under STRICT EMBARGO until Tuesday 23 February at 13:00 GMT (14:00 CET).

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, and Uma Rani, Senior Economist at the ILO Research Department and leader of the team compiling the report, will present the findings at the press briefing.

Embargoed copies of the press release and report can be made available to recognized media on request.

Audio of the briefing will be available to the Palais press corps and registered journalists after the press conference.

For further information and to arrange media interviews, please contact the ILO Department of Communication:

For broadcast coverage and interviews, please contact: