Britain’s flexible working culture has become an “invaluable strength”; the bedrock of a record low unemployment rate and its competitiveness as a career destination. The resulting gig economy has received mixed reactions, with concerns over the rights of workers.
There have been calls for law regarding gig economy workers to be further clarified, especially after Uber lost its appeal against two drivers – and the potential IR35 changes that await in chancellor Philip Hammond’s next Budget.
Arguably, the most powerful reason to engage employees is to drive customer advocacy – this should be the ultimate goal of all organisations.
Sizeable economic and social changes are understandably met with scepticism, often resistance, and sometimes even hostility. But should we be scared of the sharing economy? Or, should we continue to welcome it with cautious optimism?
After being met with an employment rights lawsuit this year, the Taylor Review’s evaluation of the modern economy is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
The long awaited Taylor Report is here. Led by Matthew Taylor (Chief executive of the Royal Society of the Arts), it was commissioned by the prime minister last October to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business.
Firms that claim merely to connect self-employed workers to customers while setting the price for work done could be affected by the proposed changes.
The Taylor Review is set to shake things up for the gig economy, but is it for better or worse? We canvassed the business landscape for opinion on the matter.
Travel Counsellors CEO Steve Byrne discusses some misconceptions about gig economy companies and offers advice on how to make this model work.
Halfway through 2016, the term gig economy was thrown into the limelight. Although suggesting a new phenomenon had made an appearance, all that had really happened was that someone came up with a fancier name for freelance work, enhanced by the use of technology. It also prompted the question of whether we should change the law around it.
A great deal of economic uncertainty has spread across the world this year already, worrying leaders, and we’re only halfway through March.
While the rights given to self-employed workers will improve, any loopholes allowing tax avoidance will be searched for and closed. This was an announcement made by chancellor Philip Hammond in the 2017 Spring Budget.