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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 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...
10 Apr 2019
The name Pimlico Plumbers has become synonymous with the gig economy and workers’ rights over the past eight years. And...
1 Apr 2019
Addison Lee has been denied permission to appeal against the ruling that its drivers are workers and not self-employed.
25 Mar 2019
The exploitation of workers must be tackled quickly and effectively, MP Frank Field has recommended in a new report critical of the length of time cases are taking.
21 Mar 2019
An engineer who won a Supreme Court case against Pimlico Plumbers – establishing that he was a worker and not...
12 Mar 2019
Technology has revolutionised the way many people organise their work and created a debate around employee status. But it is...
6 Mar 2019
Employers are battling economic uncertainty but still struggle to source much-needed skills. In such a volatile jobs market, what role...
1 Mar 2019
A group of art lecturers who lost their jobs at the National Gallery have won their legal fight to be recognised as workers, allowing them to claim certain employment benefits such as holiday pay.
1 Mar 2019
The hiring of workers anywhere in the world through global freelancer platforms means that limiting immigration will not necessarily protect...
20 Feb 2019
In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...
15 Feb 2019
Emerging tech-driven business models are partly to blame for millions of people worldwide being forced to accept inadequate working conditions, according to research.