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”.

Gig economy: Pimlico Plumbers case heard at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court hears a key gig economy case today as Pimlico Plumbers challenges last year’s Court of Appeal decision...

More than £800m generated from HMRC payroll investigations

12 Feb 2018

HMRC collected £819m in additional tax through payroll investigations last year, as it continued to crack down on organisations that...

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Five things buried in the Good Work plan consultations

9 Feb 2018

When the Government revealed its plans to bolster workers’ rights from their first day at work under its Good Work...

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Emergency blood couriers recognised as employees

8 Feb 2018

Couriers delivering emergency blood supplies have won full employment rights in an out-of-court settlement with pathology company The Doctors Laboratory...

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Lack of action on gig economy workers’ rights criticised

7 Feb 2018

The Government’s plans to bolster workers’ rights have been criticised for stopping short of bringing in new laws to prevent...

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Taylor review: Government pledges to enforce day-one rights for workers

7 Feb 2018

The Government has vowed to enforce workers’ rights from their first day in a job, in response to the recommendations...

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How gig economy compromises health and wellbeing of workers

30 Jan 2018

How you’re employed or hired can have a bearing on the way you’re looked after by your employer, writes Tim...

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Amazon drivers’ false self-employment dispute settled

16 Jan 2018

A courier company that delivers parcels for Amazon has settled a dispute with drivers that the GMB union claimed were...

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Gig economy legislation: What developments can we expect this year?

3 Jan 2018

2017 was a landmark year for legal developments in the gig economy. As we await the Government’s full response to...

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Eight employment law cases that will shape 2018

28 Dec 2017

We round up eight significant employment law decisions expected in 2018, with cases due on employment status in the gig...

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Five employment law developments to watch out for in 2018

22 Dec 2017

2018 sees a number of significant domestic employment law developments, including the response to the Taylor report, delayed as the...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2017

13 Dec 2017

The last year has been a very significant one for employment case law. Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most...

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Zero hours workers subject to more sexual harassment

11 Dec 2017

Two fifths of women and a fifth of men in the UK say they have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour at...

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“We’re not like Uber or the other gig economy companies” – Hermes

7 Dec 2017

Courier company Hermes has sought to distance itself from the criticism surrounding gig economy employers by claiming its use of...

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Uber application to send case straight to Supreme Court is refused

5 Dec 2017

Uber’s application to “leapfrog” an appeal to the Supreme Court has been refused.

Gig economy cases
Aslam and others v...

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