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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Employment status: Pimlico Plumbers case heads to Supreme Court

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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Deliveroo calls for new gig worker status

7 Jul 2017

Food delivery company Deliveroo has announced plans to offer its self-employed couriers sick pay as it calls on the Government...

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Workers confused and concerned about employment status, claims Acas

7 Jul 2017

Many “gig economy” workers are confused about employment status and fear that raising concerns about it could affect their job...

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Addison Lee worker status tribunal hearing begins

5 Jul 2017

London-based Addison Lee is the latest taxi and courier company to have its drivers’ worker status called into question at...

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Pay self-employed workers the national minimum wage, says thinktank

4 Jul 2017

Certain self-employed workers should be paid the minimum wage, according to recommendations by the Resolution Foundation.
The thinktank has submitted...

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Technology is disrupting work – but what do staff think?

30 Jun 2017

How is the world of work changing? Perhaps more importantly, how do staff perceive it to be changing? ADP president...

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Five key compliance challenges for HR

29 Jun 2017

HR departments face a constant barrage of new regulation and compliance requirements, and forthcoming developments such as GDPR will add...

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Queen’s speech 2017: Brexit dominates legislative programme

21 Jun 2017

The Queen has outlined the minority Government’s legislative programme for the next two years, concentrating on eight separate Brexit-related bills....

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