International study finds UK lags behind EU in protection for insecure workers
May04

International study finds UK lags behind EU in protection for insecure workers

UK tops EU league table for growth in self-employment UK ranks third in EU for growth of temporary workers Legal protections for insecure workers are poor in UK compared to other EU countries A new study published yesterday by the TUC reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries. And it links the growth to relatively weak legal protections for those in bogus...

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Free IR35 reforms guide published to help public sector bodies retain valuable contractor talent
Apr20

Free IR35 reforms guide published to help public sector bodies retain valuable contractor talent

Responding to confusion around IR35 changes that came into effect in the public sector on April 6th that could generate significant risks to public sector hirers, ContractorCalculator, the UK’s leading online portal for contractors and freelancers, has published an IR35 guide to help hirers better understand the IR35 reforms and their implications to ultimately secure and retain the best contractors. The 18 page guide, Public Sector...

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Glassdoor survey suggests Gig Economy jobs now in low demand
Apr13

Glassdoor survey suggests Gig Economy jobs now in low demand

Over three-quarters of UK workforce would rather stick to permanent employment Much has been said about the inexorable rise of the gig economy, especially since the Government’s U-turn on its proposed National Insurance hike for the self employed. However, a new survey from Glassdoor, the world’s most transparent job and recruiting marketplace, found that only 13 per cent of workers across all employment types would even consider this...

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As MPs publish “unintelligible” gig economy contracts, when is self-employed not self-employed?
Apr11

As MPs publish “unintelligible” gig economy contracts, when is self-employed not self-employed?

Guest blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price The Work and Pensions Committee has published contracts from Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon as part of its review in to the gig economy, with one MP calling the Uber contract “gibberish”. The gig economy has encouraged an increase in businesses which provide work to individuals, often through technology and smartphone apps, where they are paid a set price per “gig”, or piece of...

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Don’t tar all ‘gig economy’ companies with same brush, says gig employer
Apr11

Don’t tar all ‘gig economy’ companies with same brush, says gig employer

Steve Byrne, chief executive at Travel Counsellors, discusses some misconceptions about businesses operating in the ‘gig economy’ and offers advice on how to make this model work Undoubtedly, you’ll have seen the headlines around the so-called ‘gig economy’. The common conception of businesses operating in this space has been one of exploitation, with a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)...

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Europeans ready to embrace the gig economy
Apr07

Europeans ready to embrace the gig economy

2 in 3 European employees are interested in self-employment or freelancing 33% of UK employees say work-life balance is a key motivating factor Pay is still the ultimate driver for European employees European employees appear ready to embrace the gig economy, according to research by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. The new study of nearly 10,000 European working adults reveals how employees...

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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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