Platform work together with other new forms of employment are gaining ground in the European labour market. Although the share of women platform workers has been rising in recent years, they remain under-represented in platform work.

Women are more likely to engage in platform work to gain an additional income and to have flexibility with the specific aim of combining work with family commitments.

In contrast, men are more likely to engage in platform work due to opportunities to work globally and expand their client base to different cities or countries.

Online platforms seem to provide women with a link to the labour market that can potentially prevent a withdrawal from the labour force during different life stages.