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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9 Jun 2017

Employment policies face an uncertain future after the general election ended in a hung parliament, with the Conservative party unable...

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Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

7 Jun 2017

As campaigning draws to a close, we run down the policies that would most influence the employment landscape

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Baby boomers are 22% more likely to seek work with "gig" employers than millennials.

How can we engage gig economy workers?

1 Jun 2017

The gig economy is on the rise, with the Taylor review exploring how employment regulation and practices can keep pace...

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General election 2017: which party will shake up employment law the most?

30 May 2017

With the general election approaching, consultant editor at XpertHR Darren Newman examines the Labour and Conservative manifestos to see where...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Regulation and the gig economy: It’s not just about worker status

12 May 2017

High-profile cases involving self-employed drivers for the likes of Uber and Deliveroo have focused heavily on employment status and rights....

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CIPD manifesto urges next government to make “good work” a priority

10 May 2017

The CIPD has published a manifesto ahead of the upcoming general election that urges the next Government to put “good...

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Self-employment loopholes must be closed, says Work and Pensions Committee

2 May 2017

Government must close the loopholes that allow “gig economy” companies to

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Companies should prove gig workers are not employees

27 Apr 2017

Gig workers need more legal power to hold companies to account to make the gig economy fit for the future,...

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Gig economy: Uber appeal hearing confirmed

20 Apr 2017

Uber has received leave to appeal the decision on the employment status of its drivers to the Employment Appeal Tribunal...

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Employment status: Excel cycle courier was worker

24 Mar 2017

An employment tribunal has held that a cycle courier whose contracts with Excel labelled him as a contractor was in...

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Uber employment status case: are there implications for all employers?

23 Mar 2017

Does the recent spate of employment status cases have implications for all employers, or just for the gig economy sector?...

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