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Informalization in gig food delivery in the UK: the case of hyper flexible and precarious work

Mendon�a Cardoso, Pedro; Kougiannou, Nadia K.; Clark, Ian


Nadia K. Kougiannou

Ian Clark


This article examines the process of informalization of work in platform food delivery work in the UK. Drawing on qualitative data, this article provides new analytical insight into what drives individual formal couriers to both supply and demand informalized sub-contracted gig work to undocumented migrants, and how a platform company enables informal work practices through permissive HR practices and technology. In doing so, this article shows how platform companies are enablers of informal labor markets and contribute to the expansion of hyper-precarious working conditions.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 8, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2022
Publication Date 2023-01
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 30, 2022
Journal Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Print ISSN 0019-8676
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 1
Pages 60-77
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