Gig economy

The “gig economy” refers to a trend away from traditional employment models towards the use of freelance contractors to fulfil short-term projects or “gigs”. It is becoming increasingly prevalent with the advent of technologies that allow freelancers to bid for or otherwise engage clients on a piecemeal basis. Uber, Airbnb and Upwork are all examples of disruptive technologies that are putting clients in touch with service providers in real-time online marketplaces. These pages cover the “Uberisation” of the economy and the employment status of so-called “gig workers”.

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Make big brands liable for supply chain non-compliance – Matthew Taylor

Major companies should be jointly liable for non-compliance with employment...

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Foster carer files case claiming worker status

9 Oct 2017

A foster carer has filed an employment tribunal claim against Hampshire County Council for unpaid holiday in a case that...

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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

9 Oct 2017

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...

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Uber worker status case heard at EAT

27 Sep 2017

Uber appears at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) today to appeal last year’s decision on the employment status of its...

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Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules

25 Sep 2017

An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Addison Lee drivers were workers and therefore entitled to rights such...

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Jobs market lags behind demand for flexible working

19 Sep 2017

Employees’ desire for flexible working far exceeds companies’ capacity to offer it, a report published today has found.
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What can we expect from the Supreme Court in the Pimlico Plumbers case?

31 Aug 2017

Consultant editor Darren Newman expresses surprise that Pimlico Plumbers was granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in a...

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Employment status: Pimlico Plumbers case heads to Supreme Court

9 Aug 2017

The Supreme Court has granted Pimlico Plumbers permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that a plumber who...

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Gig economy: Addison Lee courier was worker

3 Aug 2017

An employment tribunal has found that an Addison Lee courier was a worker and not an independent contractor, in the...

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Taylor review: Establishing employment status

19 Jul 2017

XpertHR’s consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the proposals in the Taylor review to clarify employment status, as well as...

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The Taylor Review was right about digital skills

19 Jul 2017

The publication of the Taylor Review into modern employment practices last week called for higher quality jobs. But how we...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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Taylor Review urges employers to promote “good work” for all

11 Jul 2017

Matthew Taylor’s review of modern employment practices is published today, outlining seven key principles for “good quality work for all”....

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Dependent contractor status proposed in Taylor review

10 Jul 2017

An alternative worker status – dependent contractor – will be proposed by the Taylor review tomorrow alongside calls for new...

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