New blow for ‘gig’ employers
Aug10

New blow for ‘gig’ employers

There’s been another blow for the gig economy as Addison Lee becomes the latest company to lose an employment tribunal case regarding employment status. As with Uber and Deliveroo, the Addison Lee business model is that their drivers are self employed but branded with the company’s logo (t shirts and bags). The Tribunal Judge strongly disagreed with Addison Lee’s defence that the Claimant, Mr Gascoigne, was an independent...

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The UK is sitting on a workforce time bomb…here is how businesses can diffuse it
Aug08

The UK is sitting on a workforce time bomb…here is how businesses can diffuse it

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, a leading expert on global workforces and the CEO and Founder of PeoplePerHour discusses why businesses need to embrace freelancers Love it, like it or lump it, the freelance revolution is coming. There are already nearly 5m freelancers in the UK[1] and in just three years’ time, as much as half of the working population will be freelance. In the long-term it’s not hard to imagine a time when permanent roles will...

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How can Director-level workers move out of corporate life into the freelance economy?
Jul26

How can Director-level workers move out of corporate life into the freelance economy?

Moving from permanent employment to going it alone and being your own boss is an ambition for a growing number of individuals who want greater choice, flexibility and freedom in their working lives. But making the leap can be challenging. To ease the transition, Charles Russam, the Founder of leading interim recruitment company Russam GMS, has launched Working Free  – a new information hub and advisory service, full of practical...

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HR experts cautiously welcome Taylor Review
Jul11

HR experts cautiously welcome Taylor Review

All work in the UK’s economy should be “fair and decent”, a long-awaited government review of employment practices has said today. The Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices has been cautiously welcomed by HR experts as the author, Matthew Taylor, said “fairness demands” that people, particularly those on lower incomes, had routes to progress in work. The 115-page report tackles among other things...

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Worker rights and the ‘Gig Economy’ – more change to come?
Jul04

Worker rights and the ‘Gig Economy’ – more change to come?

Jonathan Rennie, employment partner at UK law firm TLT, takes a look at rights for workers in the gig economy and how the fallout from this evolving way of working is likely to affect HR Managers. Workers’ rights and the gig economy – a brief overview of the issues Modern employment practices in the UK have come under intense scrutiny in the past year or so. The rise of gig economy employers like Uber and Deliveroo, which place...

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GMB reveals 10 million now in insecure work, and TUC reveals BAME workers over a third more likely to have insecure employment
Jun07

GMB reveals 10 million now in insecure work, and TUC reveals BAME workers over a third more likely to have insecure employment

New research, unveiled at the union’s 100th annual congress in Plymouth, reveals that up to one in three of the UK workforce are now in precarious employment – defined as those in the gig economy, on zero or short hours contracts, temporary workers, the underemployed and those at risk of bogus self-employment. Precarious work impacts on the individual worker, their family and on the Treasury.  A GMB poll asked 1,000 precarious workers...

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Employers warned not to ignore the rise of ‘gig-economy’ & flexible working
May31

Employers warned not to ignore the rise of ‘gig-economy’ & flexible working

Employers must recognise the rise of the ‘gig-economy’ – and implement strategic workforce planning strategies to reflect this shift. That is the advice from global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions. The recommendation in response to data from Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, which found that despite the fact that the majority of full-time employees (77%) said they would consider working...

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More problems for Deliveroo as ‘substitute driver’ scandal hits headlines again
May30

More problems for Deliveroo as ‘substitute driver’ scandal hits headlines again

Gig employer Deliveroo has come under more fire this weekend as a loophole allowing riders to use substitutes means that deliveries could be made by riders who have not completed the company’s strict vetting procedure, and who may not have undergone food hygiene training, putting customers at risk. As self-employed contractors, riders are allowed to take on ‘substitutes’ to do their deliveries – which means that Deliveroo does...

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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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