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”.

One-HR employment law review (webinar)

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Employers should act now to mitigate job automation effect

15 Oct 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is set to have a significant impact on pay, working conditions and productivity. Ashleigh Webber reports...

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Union urges Uber users not to cross ‘digital picket line’

9 Oct 2018

The IWGB union has a called a 24-hour strike against Uber and is urging the public not use the taxi-hailing...

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Delivering business agility: the critical role for HR in fast-growth firms

8 Oct 2018

Organisations strive to become more agile so they can respond to change and deal with external forces as they grow....

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Hospitality workers strike over pay and union recognition

4 Oct 2018

Workers at McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, JD Wetherspoon, Deliveroo and Uber Eats are staging a 24-hour walk out today, in separate...

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Gig economy: Uber drivers earn above the London Living Wage

28 Sep 2018

New research shows that Uber drivers are earning £11 an hour, 80p more than the London Living Wage.
Using anonymised...

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TUC study highlights low earnings and slams ‘sham’ self-employment

28 Sep 2018

Almost half of self-employed people aged over 25 are earning less than the minimum wage, according to new research.
The...

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Inquiry into law evasion in gig economy launched

27 Sep 2018

An inquiry into the extent of alleged “employment law evasion” in the gig economy has been launched by work and...

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Drivers working in gig economy not provided with safety training

24 Sep 2018

A study into drivers working as part of the “gig economy” has highlighted the importance of businesses treating the management...

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Record number of workers on national minimum wage being underpaid

24 Sep 2018

HM Revenue and Customs identified a record £15.6m in national minimum wage underpayment in 2017/18.
More than 200,000 workers were...

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How digital trends are changing the role of HR (webinar)

19 Sep 2018

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Labour pledges to give gig workers the same rights as employees

11 Sep 2018

The Labour party would give gig economy workers the same rights as employees – including sick pay, parental leave and...

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U-turn on tax cut for self-employed

7 Sep 2018

The Treasury has announced that it will not abolish Class 2 national insurance contributions (NICs), a policy the Conservative party...

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Gig professionals on the rise and HR likes it

5 Sep 2018

Global research into the use of contingent workers – those professionals engaged in the so-called gig economy – shows that...

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PwC launches Flexible Talent Network to tap into gig economy

31 Aug 2018

Consulting firm PwC has launched a gig economy platform that allows people to offer their skills for hire without working...

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