About Richard Heeks

I am Professor of Development Informatics at the University of Manchester, undertaking research, teaching and advocacy on various aspects of the relation between digital technology and global development.

Gig Workers are Among the Most Vulnerable Groups in South Africa’s Covid-19 Crisis

How are the tens of thousands of gig workers in South Africa—those performing tasks for digital platforms like Uber, Mr D and SweepSouth—being supported during the Covid-19 crisis?

A recent Fairwork report considers this; undertaking a review of gig economy platform and government responses, supplemented by a small survey of worker experiences.

While gig workers are by no means the only vulnerable group in South Africa suffering during the pandemic, their non-standard employment status is proving a particular challenge.  Platforms – arguably incorrectly and possibly even illegally – tend to regard […]

By |2020-05-13T09:27:21+01:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

A Living Wage for South African Platform Workers

A fair level of pay for platform workers means going beyond a minimum wage to see those workers paid a living wage.  But what is a living wage; what justifies its payment; and – as a guide to Fairwork’s activity in South Africa – what level should it be set at?

What is a Living Wage?

A living wage is remuneration sufficient for a basic but decent standard of living for a worker and his/her family.  “Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transport, clothing, and other essential needs, including provision for unexpected […]

By |2019-05-30T12:04:11+01:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments