CLOSED: We are hiring for the position of Casual Research Assistant

Posted on 13.06.2023
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Job Description

Overview of the role:

We are undertaking a research project looking at working conditions for sex workers working on online platforms, looking at things like pay, conditions, working contracts, how the platforms management worker and rights to representation. We are looking for a short-term research assistant to help us conduct our research.
Location: Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK.
Duration: From 1 August, for a maximum of 12 weeks; up to 20 hours per week for a total of 182 hours.
Application Deadline: 12:00 BST, 30 June.



  • Advising on research design and implementation.
  • Undertaking desk based research.
  • Contacting workers for interviews.
  • Undertaking semi-structured research interviews.
  • Distributing our questionnaire out to workers.
  • Transcribing interviews.

Selection criteria


  1. Knowledge of the issues that face sex workers and sex worker rights
  2. An undergraduate degree in the Social Sciences, or evidence of equivalent experience
    in a working environment.
  3. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. Right to work in the UK
  5. Experience of following and adapting methodologies


  1. Experience working as, or with, sex workers, or with organisations working to support sex workers.
  2. Previous experience working on a research project.
  3. Experience of contributing to research publications
  4. Experience of working in a research team and contributing ideas for new research projects

Pay and Working Hours

  • This is a short-term contract for 182 hours work (plus 24 hours paid holiday). There is flexibility over working schedules and we are open to working with a successful candidates to make this work around other employment and/or caring responsibilitie
  • The hourly rate is £18.66 per hour, which may be subject to an uplift upon a pay evaluation exercise later in the year.


  • Flexibility around working patterns and hours.
  • Hybrid working options (dependant on position).
  • Opportunity for academic publications.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and Cover letter (1 page) outlining any relevant experience and how you meet the specifications to: By: 12:00BST 30 June 2023.

What is Fairwork?

Fairwork is an international Action Research project that researches working conditions in the gig economy. We undertake research in over 40 countries and on international gig work platforms. Our aim is to provide information for workers, consumers and policy makers about the types of working environments that digital platforms are offering and to pressure platforms to improve working conditions.

The interview process:

We like to be open and up front with what our hiring process looks like so people know what to expect. Please see below the typical steps in our recruitment process.

1) Review candidates Once the advertisement has been taken down, a shortlist of candidates will be selected by the hiring committee to proceed to the next steps. All candidates will be informed of their application outcome within two weeks of the closing date, whether or not they’re proceeding to the next stage.

2) Remote interviews Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom by a panel of Fairwork staff. Candidates will be interviewed by the same panel to ensure consistency.