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”.

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 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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Former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam arrive at the Employment Appeal Tribunal last monthVickie Flores/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

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.

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Aslam and others v...

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Sash Windows decision leaves employers wide open to holiday pay claims

29 Nov 2017

Anyone deemed to have “worker” status must be able to carry over paid annual leave, even if they have not...

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Government commits to skills and training in Industrial Strategy paper

27 Nov 2017

The Government has today released its flagship Industrial Strategy, aimed at boosting productivity and economic performance in the UK.
Business...

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Taylor welcomes proposals in draft gig economy Bill

23 Nov 2017

Matthew Taylor, author of the Taylor review of modern employment practices published this summer, has welcomed the draft Bill published...

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“Worker by default” status proposed in new gig economy Bill

20 Nov 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have produced a draft Bill designed to...

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Landmark decision rules Deliveroo riders are self-employed

15 Nov 2017

Deliveroo riders are not workers and are self-employed, according to a decision yesterday by the Central Arbitration Committee.
This means...

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EAT confirms Uber drivers are workers

10 Nov 2017

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that Uber drivers should be classified as workers who are entitled to basic...

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Gig economy: three ways to attract and retain the best freelancers

10 Nov 2017

Research shows that sought-after technical workers increasingly want to work on a freelance basis. So how can employers stand out...

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Work and Pensions Committee calls out “egregious” self-employment contract

2 Nov 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee has called for fitness chain Gym Group to explain itself after a personal trainer blew...

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Make big brands liable for supply chain non-compliance – Matthew Taylor

12 Oct 2017

Major companies should be jointly liable for non-compliance with employment...

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Foster carer files case claiming worker status

9 Oct 2017

A foster carer has filed an employment tribunal claim against Hampshire County Council for unpaid holiday in a case that...

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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

9 Oct 2017

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...

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