Gig economy workersA central aim of the Taylor review was to clarify the status of workers in the so-called ?gig economy?. Under the review?s recommendations, companies employing on-demand workers, including big players like Uber and Deliveroo but also the growing number of startups dependent on a stream of flexible staff, would see employment relationships shifted. As expected, workers who have the terms of their work dictated by the employer, but without a fixed contract, would be classified as ?dependent contractors?. This would give gig workers rights to closer reflect traditional employment, such as sick pay and holiday entitlement. For employers, this would mean paying national insurance contributions?to HMRC on their behalf at 13.8 per cent of a worker?s earnings above ?157 per week.
Zero-hours contractsEver since the Work and Pensions Select Committee likened Mike Ashley?s Sports Direct warehouse to a ?Victorian workhouse?, the government has faced calls to ban zero-hours contracts. Taylor made clear the review would not recommend zero-hours contracts be outlawed, due to the model being favoured by many working people. Instead, a ?right to request? would be given to workers seeking full-time employment. Commenting on the review?s recommendations, Chris McCullough, CEO of employee scheduling firm Rotageek, warned against too much tightening of the flexibility enjoyed by many workers and employers. ?Startups have continued to challenge the norms around flexibility, but the legal framework isn?t yet in place and governments need to catch up to this trend as quickly and as efficiently as possible,? he said. ?It?s right that the government is working to address this mismatch, but it shouldn?t take a heavy-handed approach that might turn off employers and workers.? Striking a more sustainable work-life balance, McCullough added, should be a priority for government to deliver a productive economy. ?The gig economy can work for both sides; essentially, happier employees will always make for stronger businesses. If employers value these workers, they need to ensure they?re protected if they?re unwell or simply want a holiday.? Read our?damning insider?s account of working for Deliveroo
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