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How many people microwork in France? Estimating the size of a new labor force

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Abstract: Microwork platforms allocate fragmented tasks to crowds of providers withremunerations as low as few cents. Instrumental to the development of today sartificial intelligence, these micro-tasks push to the extreme the logic ofcasualization already observed in "uberized " workers. The present article usesthe results of the DiPLab study to estimate the number of people who microworkin France. We distinguish three categories of microworkers, corresponding todifferent modes of engagement: a group of 14,903 "very active " microworkers,most of whom are present on these platforms at least once a week; a secondfeaturing 52,337 "routine " microworkers, more selective and present at leastonce a month; a third circle of 266,126 "casual " microworkers, moreheterogeneous and who alternate inactivity and various levels of work practice.Our results show that microwork is comparable to, and even larger than, theworkforce of ride-sharing and delivery platforms in France. It is therefore notan anecdotal phenomenon and deserves great attention from researchers, unionsand policy-makers.

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