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”.

National Gallery lecturers win ‘worker’ status

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.

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Freelancer platforms add to global work insecurity

1 Mar 2019

The hiring of workers anywhere in the world through global freelancer platforms means that limiting immigration will not necessarily protect...

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The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

20 Feb 2019

In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...

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New tech threatens global labour market improvements

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.

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Could Hermes’ self-employed-plus status revolutionise the gig economy?

7 Feb 2019

The creation of a new worker status by courier company Hermes could prove a significant step in the evolution of gig economy workers' rights, argues Mike Hibbs from law firm Shakespeare Martineau.

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‘Self-employed plus’ status agreed for Hermes couriers

4 Feb 2019

Delivery firm Hermes has struck a “ground-breaking” deal with the GMB Union to give its couriers the option to receive...

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Hipster job culture: baristas and flexible working

Hipster jobs boost helping to drive the economy

22 Jan 2019

Roles involving beards, tattoos, downward dogs, artisan coffee and no doubt the odd craft beer are playing an increasingly important...

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Employee ‘class actions’ on the rise: what does this mean for employers?

16 Jan 2019

The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

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Deliveroo and Uber Eats face questions over worker black market

7 Jan 2019

The way that Deliveroo and Uber Eats engage their riders and drivers’ has come under fresh scrutiny after claims emerged...

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Uber drivers are workers, Court of Appeal rules

19 Dec 2018

The Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling that Uber drivers are workers and should receive entitlements such as holiday...

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Ireland on track to end zero-hour contracts

14 Dec 2018

The Irish government has said it will end most zero-hour contracts in the country by summer as its Employment (Miscellaneous...

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Largest university in UK hit by boycott over outsourced staff

10 Dec 2018

Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers

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High Court upholds Deliveroo self-employment and collective bargaining ruling

5 Dec 2018

The High Court has held that Deliveroo riders are self-employed and cannot form a collective bargaining unit.
The Independent Workers...

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