Modelling Ework in Europe: Estimates, Models and Forecasts from the Emergence Project

This report draws on the results of the EMERGENCE 18-country employer study and combines them with data from European labour force surveys to develop models of eWorking. Four distinct types of individual eWorkers are identified in the study: telehomeworkers, multilocational eWorkers, eLancers, and the eEnabled self-employed. In addition to individual eWorking, the report considers the determinants of collective arrangements based on ICT supported outsourcing or business delocation. The EMERGENCE team has developed forecasts for the spread of each of these individual forms of eWork over the next decade. Based on current patterns, the overall the number of individual eWorkers in Europe is likely to triple, from its current levels of over ten million, to 27 million by 2010.