The Role of Employment in Crowdsourcing Still Not Fully Defined

June 30, 2011

Role of Employment in CrowdsourcingEmployment. 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.

Wolfgang Kitza

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.

That’s it for now,


Wolfgang Kitza

Dieser Artikel wurde am 30.June 2011 von Wolfgang Kitza geschrieben.


Wolfgang Kitza

3 Kommentare

Van Geenhoven Maurice 13.07.2011, 08:55:00 Uhr


Thanks for your blog of june, it’s nice to hear from you. But I didn’t understand what your said about the political opposition (to what ?)
I’m a man of 63 years old (born in Canada and living in France for 26 years) and I have been working for almost a year now with clickworker, most of the time for just a few euros but I’m getting a little more some time, with my experience improving, and I appreciate doing this job since since I like doing it (I speak french, english, spanish and german) and it gives me a little money to complete my very low income. Thanks again for you and your team, and hoping to do more in the future.

Wolfgang Kitza 26.07.2011, 11:29:11 Uhr


Hello Maurice!
The reference to “political opposition” comes from Jeff Howe, who is referring to those companies that pay very low wages to their workers. At Clickworker we pride ourselves on offering a fair wage to our workers, but this growing political opposition that Mr. Howe mentions is directed against companies that take advantage of others.

I am very pleased to read that Clickworker offers you an opportunity to earn some extra income. We are lucky to have clickworkers with language skills such as yours, and truly appreciate your efforts!

Thanks for the comments,
Wolfgang Kitza, CEO Clickworker

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