CIPD: Gig economy boosts income for 1.3 million workers – but thousands could be missing out on employment rights
Mar17

CIPD: Gig economy boosts income for 1.3 million workers – but thousands could be missing out on employment rights

New CIPD research provides first robust estimate of the size of the gig economy and highlights the need for greater clarity over and enforcement of employment rights New research published today shows 4% of UK working adults aged between 18 and 70 are working in the ‘gig economy’, and nearly two-thirds of them (63%) believe the Government should regulate to guarantee them basic employment rights and benefits such as holiday pay. That...

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APSCo: evidence shows increasing use of contractors in financial services sector, permanent roles declining
Mar09

APSCo: evidence shows increasing use of contractors in financial services sector, permanent roles declining

Permanent placements show 1% decline year-on-year Contract placements increase by 2% Contractor placements in Finance increase by 24% Average salaries dip by 1.3% Permanent placements dip Professional recruitment firms reported that overall placement numbers for permanent roles dipped by 1% in January 2017, while contractor placements simultaneously increased by 2% year-on-year, according to new survey data from the Association of...

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Deliveroo’s Warne tells Parliament ‘we’ll drop the employment tribunal ban clause’
Feb28

Deliveroo’s Warne tells Parliament ‘we’ll drop the employment tribunal ban clause’

A parliamentary select committee hearing about the gig economy has heard evidence from gig employers Uber, Deliveroo, Hermes and Amazon, with Deliveroo managing director Dan Warne attending on behalf of the company. The committee wanted to consider whether gig employees should be entitled to pensions auto-enrolment, holiday, the minimum wage and sick pay, among other issues. MP’s raised the issue of a controversial clause in...

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As IR35 reforms loom, free tool provides mass IR35 assessments.
Feb27

As IR35 reforms loom, free tool provides mass IR35 assessments.

Public sector bodies which engage contractors need no longer face high charges for IR35 status testing thanks to a free, automated compliance solution developed by ContractorCalculator, an online portal that has become the UK’s leading guide to contracting and freelancing. HMRC estimates that 26,000 public sector contractors are affected by the reforms.  With traditional IR35 tests proving expensive and often slow, a free new...

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The gig economy and HR: why freelance talent platforms aren’t Uber-ising the industry
Feb23

The gig economy and HR: why freelance talent platforms aren’t Uber-ising the industry

Guest blog by Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO of PeoplePerHour Criticism of the gig economy has been rife in the media over the past few months, noting legal wins by gigsters against their now-called employers who must recognize their status as employees with all the rights and benefits this affords them. Little coverage, however, has been given to those earning competitive wages from freelancing while living a life away from the constraints...

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APSCo gives evidence at Independent Review of Employment Practices
Feb23

APSCo gives evidence at Independent Review of Employment Practices

Only recruitment trade body chosen to speak at first evidence session set up by Prime Minister Professional contractors need to be differentiated from broader gig economy Employment Status should not be driven by tax law The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has given evidence at the independent review of employment practices in the modern economy led by Matthew Taylor, and set up by the Prime Minister. The...

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Another court decision finds a ‘self employed’ worker entitled to working rights
Feb10

Another court decision finds a ‘self employed’ worker entitled to working rights

In the latest round of prominent rulings on freelance employment, Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers has won his legal battle for working rights. The case hinged on whether Mr Smith was a genuine self-employed contractor or a worker for the company.  He was VAT-registered, and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.  His contract required him to work 40 hours over 5 days....

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5 key steps to help public sector bodies retain contractors under IR35 reforms
Feb09

5 key steps to help public sector bodies retain contractors under IR35 reforms

With only a matter of weeks before the public sector IR35 reforms are set to come into force, public sector bodies have been thrown into turmoil.  Just recently Transport for London attempted to put a blanket ban on hiring limited company contractors but Contractor Calculator has learned that TfL is considering a partial U-turn on its decision after realising the impact it will have on its organisation and the smooth running of...

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Freelancers form ‘cornerstone’ of the future workplace, according to insight
Feb09

Freelancers form ‘cornerstone’ of the future workplace, according to insight

According to insight from global talent acquisition and management firm, Alexander Mann Solutions, freelancers will perform an inherently fundamental role in the future workplace as greater numbers of millennials continue to enter the workforce. However, few firms are equipped to attract and manage such a workforce, they reveal. Market insights indicate that there has been a significant increase in non-permanent hiring over the last...

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What do all 2017 workplace trends have in common?
Feb09

What do all 2017 workplace trends have in common?

Guest blog by Colin Farquhar, CEO at Exterity The very nature of the workplace is changing at a tremendous pace, with challenges like finding specialized talent, catering to an on-demand workforce, accommodating more flexible work environments and creating enhanced employment experiences capping it off. These factors have significantly impacted how companies recruit, retain, train and grow their workforce to achieve future success....

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CitySprint tribunal verdict deals further blow to the gig economy
Jan09

CitySprint tribunal verdict deals further blow to the gig economy

An employment tribunal has handed down a verdict in the case against CitySprint. Cycle courier Mags Dewhurst won the case she had brought against the firm saying that they were acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay. She had claimed that she should be classified as a worker rather than an independent contractor and the tribunal agreed, meaning that she will be entitled to holiday pay, national minimum wage, sick pay...

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APSCo gives measured response to HMRC IR35 Changes
Dec15

APSCo gives measured response to HMRC IR35 Changes

Lobbying efforts for a statutory obligation on the end client pay off The Government published its draft legislation on off payroll arrangements in the public sector as part of The Finance Bill on Monday. Having taken the time to go through the legislation in detail, Tania Bowers, General Counsel at The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) says: Lobbying win “While the draft legislation is pretty much as we expected...

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Live: HR reacts to today’s ONS statistics
Dec14

Live: HR reacts to today’s ONS statistics

Today’s release of  UK labour market statistics by the ONS has found that: the number of people in work saw another slight increase, little changed compared with May to July 2016 but 342,000 more than for a year earlier. the number of people registered as unemployed has decreased, now showing the lowest number in ten years, and the number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive)...

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‘Worried’ contractors set to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling
Dec07

‘Worried’ contractors set to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling

New research* from Crunch Accounting has revealed that two thirds (66%) of contractors surveyed are ‘very worried’ about the public sector IR35 tax reforms given the go ahead in last week’s Autumn Statement. Additionally, nearly half (42%) said they would no longer work in the public sector as a result of the outcome. Philip Hammond confirmed that the controversial changes, which will see employers or agencies assume responsibility...

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‘Some way to go’ as FCSA members get sneak preview of HMRC’s online digital tool
Dec01

‘Some way to go’ as FCSA members get sneak preview of HMRC’s online digital tool

‘More work to be done’ is the overall message FCSA members have sent to HMRC following a preliminary demonstration of HMRC’s new online digital tool.   As Government presses ahead to implement IR35 reforms in the public sector in April 2017, HMRC has been developing a new online tool designed to provide reassurance and a “safe harbour” around IR35 status. The tool is currently at the alpha prototype stage and a private beta launch is...

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