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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CitySprint courier should be classed as worker, says tribunal

A tribunal has found that a CitySprint bicycle courier should be classed as a worker, rather than self employed.
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Employment law cases 2017: seven decisions to look out for

14 Dec 2016

We round up seven significant employment law decisions expected in 2017, with cases pending on employment status, equal pay, whistleblowing,...

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Gig economy inquiry by Work and Pensions Committee launched

2 Dec 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee has announced an inquiry into the UK welfare system’s ability to adequately support the growing...

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Taylor review on modern employment practices launched

30 Nov 2016

The Taylor review on modern employment practices launches today to look into the impact of changes to the labour market....

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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Why integrated talent management is the future of HR

11 Nov 2016

By embracing an integrated talent model, HR can truly justify its seat in the boardroom, argues Michel Stokvis from Randstad...

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Employment tribunal decides Uber drivers are workers

28 Oct 2016

Uber drivers are workers and are entitled to receive the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, according to an...

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Gig economy worker rights inquiry announced

27 Oct 2016

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the changing nature of work and the...

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Former Blair adviser to lead review of modern employment

3 Oct 2016

Matthew Taylor, a former policy adviser to Tony Blair, will lead an independent review into modern employment practices, Theresa May...

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Hermes could be subject to HMRC investigation

12 Sep 2016

Business minister Margot James has asked HMRC to consider launching an investigation into pay and employment practices at courier company...

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Unions to shine light on “businesses that treat workers like animals”

12 Sep 2016

Frances O’Grady is to warn “greedy businesses that treat workers like animals” that they have no place to hide in...

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Scaled Networks: cutting out the middle men in recruitment?

12 Aug 2016

There’s a general consensus that the amount of people who freelance, work part-time or take unguaranteed shift work is on...

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Uber and out? The rise and potential fall of the gig economy

28 Jul 2016

Do you engage employees, workers or self-employed contractors? Adam Grant and David Israel look at the rise of the gig...

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Harnessing the gig economy could solve skills shortages

28 Jul 2016

The legal status of workers in the gig economy must be clarified so that businesses and individuals can thrive, according...

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Why HR should embrace the gig economy

19 Jul 2016

Rather than feel threatened by the gig economy, HR should tap into the opportunities it offers for harnessing talent and...

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