And, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the self-employed sector now includes approximately 4.8 million people, with freelancers comprising 42 percent of that population and 6 percent of the UK workforce as a whole. This according to research from Instant Offices.
Published: 11 June 2019
It’s not only freelance workers that can benefit from the growth of the gig economy. There are many reasons why hiring freelancers can be advantageous for businesses. The word gig was first used in the 1920s to describe jazz-club musicians whose income depended on the number of gigs they played.
Published: 12 November 2018
A recent survey of Human Resource (HR) professionals shows the percentage of contingent or “gig economy” professionals working in organisations is growing and that growth is expected to continue. The reasons, according to the survey, include cost savings, access to high-caliber talent and ease of managing gig economy professionals.
Published: 12 September 2018
The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Pimlico Plumber case gives new hope for workers’ rights in the gig economy. The case highlighted confusion regarding the rights of those who work as freelancers, short-term employees or seasonal workers in our modern economy and how businesses and individuals should operate under this new ruling.
Published: 21 July 2018
Research shows 59 percent of gig workers are from professional, creative and administrative services. Whereas driving (11 percent) and delivery (nine percent) only make up a small part. So despite the focus on the likes of Uber and Deliveroo, giggers are suddenly a valuable commodity .
Published: 18 April 2018
Gig economy ramifications regularly hit the headlines but how far is too far in the application of temporary and zero-hour contracts within your business? Neville Henderson, has authored a new guide which examines how future workforces may be shaped by the application of different forms of flexible working.
Published: 22 March 2018
The Central Arbitration Committee offers its own opinion, in relation to Deliveroo riders, and HMRC has its own systems in place. All of these entities are bound by the same law, the statutory and common law provisions of English law, so why are the results so unpredictable and uncertain?
Published: 28 February 2018
The gig economy has been heralded by the arrival of technology companies whose on-line platforms give access to work opportunities to individuals who are independent contractors. Typical players include Lyft and Uber – who have disrupted the traditional market offering an improved service at lower cost - much to the annoyance of taxi drivers
Published: 1 February 2018
The legal battle surrounding the ‘gig economy’ rages on. We’ve had an election where the party in the ascendency pledged to ban zero-hours contracts, Uber lost a landmark case which ruled against its argument that its drivers were self-employed and Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal over a similar ruling. Article by Lee Jefcott, employment partner at Brabners LLP.
Published: 29 June 2017
The “gig economy” is a term that is being used more and more, both in the news and in employment tribunals. Although there is no precise definition, it generally refers to arrangements where individuals are engaged by businesses on a flexible, ad hoc basis, and are paid separately for each piece of work that they carry out. Article from Liam Lane is an Associate in the employment team at Brodies LLP.
Published: 14 June 2017