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”.

Pimlico’s Charlie Mullins: Gig economy reform needed, but don’t vilify us

The name Pimlico Plumbers has become synonymous with the gig economy and workers’ rights over the past eight years. And...

Addison Lee refused permission to appeal worker status ruling

1 Apr 2019

Addison Lee has been denied permission to appeal against the ruling that its drivers are workers and not self-employed.
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Courts should fast-track gig economy cases: Frank Field

25 Mar 2019

The exploitation of workers must be tackled quickly and effectively, MP Frank Field has recommended in a new report critical of the length of time cases are taking.

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Pimlico Plumbers worker loses his claim for £74,000 in holiday pay

21 Mar 2019

An engineer who won a Supreme Court case against Pimlico Plumbers – establishing that he was a worker and not...

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Online activism in the workplace: how should HR respond?

12 Mar 2019

Technology has revolutionised the way many people organise their work and created a debate around employee status. But it is...

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Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is ‘total talent’

6 Mar 2019

Employers are battling economic uncertainty but still struggle to source much-needed skills. In such a volatile jobs market, what role...

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National Gallery lecturers win ‘worker’ status

1 Mar 2019

A group of art lecturers who lost their jobs at the National Gallery have won their legal fight to be recognised as workers, allowing them to claim certain employment benefits such as holiday pay.

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Freelancer platforms add to global work insecurity

1 Mar 2019

The hiring of workers anywhere in the world through global freelancer platforms means that limiting immigration will not necessarily protect...

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The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

20 Feb 2019

In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...

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New tech threatens global labour market improvements

15 Feb 2019

Emerging tech-driven business models are partly to blame for millions of people worldwide being forced to accept inadequate working conditions, according to research.

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Could Hermes’ self-employed-plus status revolutionise the gig economy?

7 Feb 2019

The creation of a new worker status by courier company Hermes could prove a significant step in the evolution of gig economy workers' rights, argues Mike Hibbs from law firm Shakespeare Martineau.

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‘Self-employed plus’ status agreed for Hermes couriers

4 Feb 2019

Delivery firm Hermes has struck a “ground-breaking” deal with the GMB Union to give its couriers the option to receive...

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Hipster job culture: baristas and flexible working

Hipster jobs boost helping to drive the economy

22 Jan 2019

Roles involving beards, tattoos, downward dogs, artisan coffee and no doubt the odd craft beer are playing an increasingly important...

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Employee ‘class actions’ on the rise: what does this mean for employers?

16 Jan 2019

The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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