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”.

Uber is appealing a 2016 decision that its drivers are workers, not self-employed gig workers. More hereGraphical_Bank / Shutterstock

Companies should prove gig workers are not employees

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

Photo: Teerawit Chankowet / Shutterstock

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...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Photo: Ratikova / Shutterstock.

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...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Many of the recent employment status cases have been brought against courier companies. Photo: Pariah/REX/Shutterstock.

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?...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
UberEats delivery riders strike and protest in London Stephen Chung/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

Most gig workers want better rights

17 Mar 2017

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of “gig economy” workers believe the Government should guarantee them basic employment rights and benefits, with only...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock

“Worker” status should be abolished, MPs told

7 Mar 2017

The distinction between “employee” and “worker” should be abolished, according to experts called before the first morning’s hearing of an...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
gig-economy-amazon

Acas updates its guidance to reflect gig economy developments

28 Feb 2017

Conciliation service Acas has issued new guidance to help employers understand gig economy working, on the back of the ongoing...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Matthew Taylor was appointed last October by Downing Street to lead the a review of modern employment practicesRichard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock

Businesses are using self-employment laws to avoid tax, says Matthew Taylor

14 Feb 2017

Matthew Taylor, the head of Theresa May’s independent review of modern employment practices, has said that businesses are using self-employment...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
"Like our plumbing, now our contracts are watertight," said Pimlico Plumbers chief Charlie MullinsAlan Davidson/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock

Court of Appeal: “self-employed” plumber has worker rights

10 Feb 2017

A plumber who signed an agreement with his company suggesting that he was self-employed was in fact entitled to some...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Restaurant and pub waiters in insecure work has risen 128% in five years, according to the TUCPT-VS/ScottishViewpoint/REX/Shutterstock

Insecure work up 27% in five years says TUC

7 Feb 2017

The number of people working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights has grown by 660,000 (27%) over the past...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
The use of gig workers on projects and short-term assignments is set to grow, according to the research

Gig economy will grow, say half of HR leaders

2 Feb 2017

Nearly 40% of companies hire staff on a temporary or project basis, and “gig economy” working is set to grow,...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Photo: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock.

Social media misconduct: fair dismissal over historic tweets

19 Jan 2017

An employment tribunal held that a long-serving employee was fairly dismissed for making derogatory comments about his colleagues and his...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
citysprint-courier

CitySprint courier should be classed as worker, says tribunal

9 Jan 2017

A tribunal has found that a CitySprint bicycle courier should be classed as a worker, rather than self employed.
This...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
There is much for the employment law aficionado to be excited about in 2017. Dirk v. Mallinckrodt / imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock.

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,...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Scott Garfitt/REX/Shutterstock

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...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }