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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”.
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.
21 Oct 2019
It is becoming harder for younger workers in insecure or temporary jobs to move into good quality permanent work.
16 Oct 2019
Recent decisions by major employers such as Barclays and Lloyds to bring all contractors onto payroll have ruffled feathers in...
14 Oct 2019
A points-based immigration system will start in 2021.
3 Oct 2019
Uber Technologies has launched a new app to put casual workers in touch with employers trying to fill vacant shifts....
26 Sep 2019
Drivers and riders working for eCourier, a same-day delivery service owned by Royal Mail Group, have voted for strike action,...
18 Sep 2019
An employment tribunal is seeking clarification from the European Court of Justice on the proper interpretation of the “worker” classification...
11 Sep 2019
The state of California is close to passing a landmark bill that will require employers to treat gig economy workers...
1 Aug 2019
Work in the UK is no more insecure than it was in 1998, despite claims that there has been an...
19 Jul 2019
The government has announced new proposals of compensation for workers when their shift is cancelled at short notice
16 Jul 2019
With traditional union membership in decline, employees are finding new ways to voice their opposition to corporate decisions, as shown...
28 Jun 2019
One in 10 working-age adults in the UK work on gig economy platforms, double the number who did so in 2016.