Thousands of exploited microworkers earn less than 5 euros per hour

According to a survey published this Saturday by the think tank Autonomy and relayed by Guardian, thousands of UK-based “digital microworkers” are paid less than £4 per hour, or about €4.64. However, as of April 1, 2022, the gross hourly minimum wage for employees over the age of 23 is €11.47 across the channel.

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According to researchers from the University of Exeter and the London School of Economics, who carried out the survey, microworkers typically identify and caption images with the aim of facilitating artificial intelligence operations, increasing digital traffic by clicking on ads or data such as do simple tasks. enter.

This irregular work has spread with the pandemic on the internet, as people are forced to work from home. Nearly two in three said they earned less than £4, according to a survey of 1,189 UK-based microworkers. 95% believe they are paid less than the UK minimum wage.

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According to our colleagues, most of the microworkers in the world come from India, Kenya and Venezuela. They are millions. But in an inflationary environment, some Britons are also attracted by these meager wages.

Following the publication of this investigation, Autonomy’s director of research called on the British government to identify companies that have been guilty of exploiting thousands of microworkers by paying far below minimum wages, without providing them protection.

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