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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”.
16 Mar 2020
A driver is bringing an employment status case against taxi-hailing company Bolt after he was expelled from its platform for...
6 Mar 2020
Uber drivers in France are employees and not self-employed, the country’s highest court has confirmed.
The landmark ruling, which confirms...
3 Mar 2020
Rather than run the risk of being caught out by the extension of off-payroll working rules to the private sector,...
2 Mar 2020
Health workers on statutory sick pay face difficult decision if they exhibit coronavirus symptoms, while gig economy workers also may face dilemma.
6 Feb 2020
A House of Lords select committee is to scrutinise the extension of IR35 rules to the private sector, just two...
4 Feb 2020
Research published today shows that 36% of UK employees report having a “low-quality” job.
Analysis of the Household Longitudinal Study...
29 Jan 2020
Gig workers are often “trapped” in insecure work because long hours, financial insecurity and piecemeal work mean they are often...
14 Jan 2020
We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...
10 Jan 2020
KPMG and REC's monthly survey points to slight gains in certain areas of the economy over the past month.
8 Jan 2020
Gig economy company PeoplePerHour has had an advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority because it promoted “harmful gender stereotypes”....
25 Nov 2019
The Liberal Democrats say they would alter employment rights to make them a better fit with the gig economy.
20 Nov 2019
Recent university graduates are having to take on second jobs in order to pay their rent and cope with rising...
30 Oct 2019
Drivers for the minicab app Bolt have staged a protest against what they describe as “unfair” dismissals and its alleged...
25 Oct 2019
The European Union’s competition commissioner has said that gig workers should be able to “team up” to form unions.