Digital economy

Digital Economy and Social Security Observatory

The Digital Economy will profoundly transform our daily life, how we work and how we live.

The Observatory will provide ISSA members with an understanding of the opportunities and the challenges it will present to social security administrations.

It will look at this transformation from two angles: the changing environment in which social security institutions evolve and how Social Security institutions themselves will be impacted and can respond to these challenges.

The ISSA has grouped the multitude of topics that are linked to the digital economy and its impact on social security.

This ‘look into the future’ is supported by the ISSA Technical Commissions, findings from ISSA conferences and events, member surveys, good practices, literature reviews, research and input by external experts.  

How will the digital economy change the environment for social security?

How will the digital economy impact social security administrations?

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Ten global challenges for social security

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29 May 2018 (15.05.2018) «Depuis cinq ans, les économies dites avancées discutent de la meilleure façon de s’adapter au nouveau monde du travail. Celui du travail non structuré. On ne fait rien, on attend les données. Vouloir connaître le nombre de travailleurs de l’économie de plateforme équivaut à tenter de capturer le vent dans un filet!» Joachim Breuer, président, Association internationale de la sécurité sociale (ISSA).

29 May 2018

Le Club de Mediapart (29.05.2018) Dans les médias, les informations concernant les rapports entre robotisation et suppression d’emplois sont très rares, d’où l’intérêt de cette émission. Pourtant, ce problème est présent de longue date, quasiment depuis le début de la « révolution industrielle ».

28 May 2018

Challenges (mai 2018) Haro sur les ressources humaines qui ont fait de la révolution digitale leur nouvelle martingale ! Une étude du cabinet révèle que près d’un Français sur dix estime qu’il perdra son emploi en raison du numérique dans les prochaines années.

28 May 2018

Plan Adviser (17.05.2018)  Sixteen percent of Americans plan on having gig economy jobs in retirement.

25 May 2018

The Guardian (23.05.2018) Workers across Europe, including 70,000 in UK, to be offered pay protections under new insurance policy The ride-hailing service said a new insurance policy, to be provided free to its drivers, would give them “peace of mind while preserving the flexibility they value”.

23 May 2018

PerthNow (14.05.2018) Ride-sharing giant Uber and online platforms like food delivery app Deliveroo will face government regulation to protect workers’ rights, Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston has vowed. Mr Johnston said players in the so-called gig economy were guilty of “driving wages down and reducing benefits for workers”, and predicted government regulation was inevitable. The WA Government is now considering whether the sector needs to be brought under the State’s industrial relations system. That would force Uber, food-delivery apps Uber Eats and Deliveroo, and local services marketplace Airtasker to pay insurance, workers’ compensation and, potentially, award wages. The platforms and others like them have sparked a boom in temporary, contract and part-time work, allowing people to work when, where and how it suits them. But they operate outside normal workplace laws, and those who sign up are not considered employees, instead classified as independent contractors — meaning they have few rights.

22 May 2018

EurActiv (17.05.2018) Freedom of services belongs to the four freedoms of the EU. Austria wants to fight its abuse with the help of digitisation. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna. The fight against “social fraud, in particular organised illegal work” is one of the main tasks laid down in the work program of the Austrian government. Of course, this is not just an issue that concerns Austria. In fact, in this case, the EU is challenged to lay the foundations for intergovernmental data exchange. The considerations made in this regard in Austria could become a European role model – and there is even a project waiting on “standby”.

16 May 2018 (May 2018) Non-standard work is not a marginal phenomenon: one in six workers is self-employed across the OECD on average, and a further one in eight is on a temporary contract. The number of online platform workers, while still small overall, is growing rapidly.

14 May 2018

WirtschaftsWoche (03.05.2018) Wir haben eine Vorstellung davon, wie die Digitalisierung und neue Technologien Geschäftsmodelle verändern. Nun gilt es darüber nachzudenken, wie unsere Arbeitswelt aussehen wird und welche Rolle Menschen darin spielen.

11 May 2018 (30.04.2018) The top two levels of hospitals within the three-tier hospital system will be encouraged to provide online services, including consultation, reservation and test result inquiry. The health authority intends to issue detailed online hospital regulations by May.

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