The Role of Employment in Crowdsourcing Still Not Fully Defined
Employment. A complex issue in its own right. And all the more complex for a tool like crowdsourcing that spans almost all countries and industries. While in Berlin at Crowdconvention, I picked up on some stirrings on this topic. And a debate seems to be on the horizon.
Paid crowdsourcing (usually on a per task basis) is just one part of the massive, growing crowdsourcing landscape. But this sector (also known as the crowd labor) gives many people the opportunity to work with no restrictions in the way of location, mobility or time zones. Paid crowdsourcing is a relatively new way to earn money and there isn’t yet a standard for companies who offer this type of work.
Currently, each paid crowdsourcing company works off of their own pricing model . Some of them take into consideration the minimum wages of the country in which they operate or where their clickworkers are located. (And Clickworker is proud to count themselves among them.). Sadly, others seek to drive cost to lowest possible level with imputed wages to workers at ½ or less of minimum wage. We hope that quality requirements end up supporting a minimum wage model; but we shall see.
The bigger the economic importance of the crowdsourcing model, the weightier this issue will become. As he mentioned at the Crowdconvention, Mr. Howe expects growing political opposition. “The response that is coming is loud and trade unions have voices.”
Hari Holopainen of Microtask also forecasted some sort of digital equivalent to trade unions that will campaign for fair pay.
But there are a lot of opportunities to be found in crowdsourcing. With high unemployment rates lingering in the U.S and abroad people with skills are looking to utilize them.
I don’t know what the future holds (as my time in Vegas has taught me well), but I know that, like most things on the Internet, it doesn’t take long to find out who’s doing what (how, when and with whom…). And I expect the best companies will prove themselves over time.
You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website. Find the link to your settings in our footer.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot properly without these cookies.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as additional cookies.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!