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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”.
1 Sep 2020
Two foster carers have successfully argued that they should have full employment rights in a case that a union says...
19 Aug 2020
Gig economy firms continue to fight legislation forcing them to treat their drivers as employees.
14 Aug 2020
Food delivery company Just Eat plans to stop using gig economy workers across Europe in favour of employees who get...
5 Aug 2020
The IWGB is calling on government to better enforce employment status laws after the union took CitySprint to tribunal three...
20 Jul 2020
Four years in the making – final decision on the employment status of Uber drivers will have huge ramifications for the gig economy.
20 Jul 2020
'Landmark case' could have major ramification across hairdressing, beauty and other sectors where self employed contracts are used.
16 Jul 2020
Working hours, says the ONS, is a more telling measure of the economic picture than payroll numbers.
9 Jul 2020
The coronavirus pandemic will make more people in urgent need of work and more employers desperate to stay in business,...
18 Jun 2020
Demand at DIY stores and for online shopping drives surge in demand for staff but doubts persist over the sustainability of the trends.
15 Jun 2020
Drawing narrow comparisons between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of work does nothing to help precarious workers, according to a panel...
11 Jun 2020
The High Court today hears a case brought by drivers and the IWGB over Treasury's failure to protect precarious workers during the Covid-19 crisis.
1 Jun 2020
The government will offer self-employed workers a second and final grant in August, it has been confirmed.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak...
29 May 2020
While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...
20 May 2020
The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...