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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”.
27 Apr 2021
Dublin's binary approach to the gig economy has created a zero-sum game for platform operators and contractors. It's time for a rethink.
26 Apr 2021
Matthew Taylor believes that aligning the systems for employment status and tax would help prevent worker exploitation.
23 Apr 2021
Addison Lee drivers are workers, not self-employed, and are entitled to the national minimum wage and holiday pay, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.
21 Apr 2021
Just Eat is pressing ahead with plans to end the company’s reliance on gig workers by offering couriers the opportunity to join its ‘agency worker’ model.
15 Apr 2021
Deliveroo’s plans to say reward its most experienced riders with bonuses saw many riders receiving the wrong amounts.
7 Apr 2021
Around 400 Deliveroo riders are striking over pay and conditions today, amid growing pressure for it to improve working practices and rights.
26 Mar 2021
New study on riders' pay, strike action, investor criticism and Rashford talks mark bumpy run-up to Deliveroo flotation.
17 Mar 2021
Following the Supreme Court ruling that its drivers are workers, Uber is giving its UK drivers a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions.
12 Mar 2021
Platform workers to be given employee status while unions will be given the right to access algorithms used by gig firms.
8 Mar 2021
Fast-food delivery giant Deliveroo has announced it is setting aside a £16 million ‘thank-you’ fund to reward its most loyal...
4 Mar 2021
Uber’s facial identification software is not consistently capable of recognising the faces of darker skinned workers, drivers claim.
26 Feb 2021
The European Commission has begun its consultation on the rights of gig economy workers whose labour is governed by digital platforms.
23 Feb 2021
The Supreme Court's decision in the Uber v Aslam case is set to have significant implications for the app-based working model. But what comes next for Uber and its workers?
19 Feb 2021
Uber loses final possible appeal against employment tribunal judgment that its drivers are entitled to workers' rights.