Should Digital Labour Platforms be Treated as Private Employment Agencies?


Valerio De Stefano
Mathias Wouters


Date added: 

Monday, April 29, 2019


Author(s) : Valerio De Stefano and Mathias Wouters This Foresight Brief examines whether digital labour platforms should be treated as private employment agencies. Platforms like LinkedIn may rightfully be perceived by the general public to be mere social networks, but underneath their sleek design, they also act as an employment service. This brief specifically focused on one of the central principles of international labour standards on employment services, namely that jobseekers must not be charged any fees or costs for job-finding services, unless those fees or costs have been approved by a competent authority.