“The government doesnt appear to support the idea of writing a positive definition into law.”Simon McVicker, director of policy at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), welcomed the certainty? provided by the ruling, but called on the government to legistlate a clearer definition of self-employment to avoid future cases. “We do not think businesses should be able to use the uncertainty about the legal definition of self-employment to declare that their workforce should all be contractors, ” McVicker said. “The best way to address this legal uncertainty is to write into a law a positive definition of what constitutes self-employment. This would send a clear signal about who is and who isnt self-employed, and would mean that people wouldnt have to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get a resolution. “Disappointingly, the government doesnt appear to support the idea of writing a positive definition into law, but this case demonstrates just how useful a positive definition would be. “We should also be careful not to conflate the circumstances of this case with all instances of self-employment. In fact, the reality is that the vast majority of self-employed engagements are what they claim to be: genuine business-to-business engagements which are mutually beneficial to both parties.”
“Self-employed workers are driving the economy right now.”Julia Kermode, chief executive of The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), said today’s ruling was a landmark result? that would send a signal to firms engaging with self-employed workers. employment status is complex, and this case illustrates the need to retain three tiers of employment status as Gary Smith was neither employed nor self-employed, Kermode said. he was required to work at least 40 hours per week, was required to wear a Pimlico Plumbers uniform and drive a branded van.He also had to ask permission to take time off.He was clearly a worker, and not self-employed, despite the intention of Pimlico Plumbers. ?[Self-employed workers] are driving the economy right now so let’s support them not punish them. This case is set to change the employment landscape forever. __________________________________________________________________________________
Author of the Taylor review on future of self-employment in Britain Business Advice sat down with Matthew Taylor, author of the government-commissioned Taylor review, to gain an insight into the report and find out how the future of self-employment could look in Britain.