The gig economy is one of the clearest examples of globalization, connecting companies with qualified workers around the world.
Many of those contractors live in Ukraine and Russia.
A 2017 University of Oxford study found Ukraine and Russia represent the 7th and 12th largest global suppliers of digital gig work, respectively -– meaning it’s a tumultuous time for gig workers and the companies that hire them.
So what’s going on?
In Russia, tens of thousands of gig workers have been barred from platforms like Upwork due to economic sanctions against the country.
… use gig work platforms — like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com — to find highly skilled talent in fields including software development, graphic design, and video editing.
Per Wired, countries like Ukraine and Russia have attracted American and European companies because workers tend to be:
- Tech savvy
- Willing to work for lower wages than their American and Western European counterparts
Continued conflict could lead to further destabilization, exposing just how much these companies and workers rely on each other.
BTW: If you’re interested in supporting Ukrainian gig workers, Upwork is allowing direct donations through its platform.
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