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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”.
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.
23 May 2019
Companies need to do more to prepare employees for the future of work – but employees have a “keen sense...
14 May 2019
Amazon is offering its employees thousands of pounds in funding to set up independent delivery businesses.
The company has said...
7 May 2019
Uber drivers are threatening to take legal action over claims the company has refused to disclose the personal data it...
1 May 2019
The first ever strike involving Addison Lee drivers takes place today (1 May), when drivers operating from Luton Airport take...
29 Apr 2019
Making predictions for the workplace is fraught with risk but Emma Shipp and Lynne Adams take a punt on technological change, new legislation, societal trends and, yes, Brexit, to lay out the likely challenges...