gig economy worker

THE WORKING WORLD

IS CHANGING

IT IS ESSENTIAL OUR LEGISLATIVE APPROACH CHANGES WITH IT.

MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO REFORM THE GIG ECONOMY IF WE’RE TO BUILD A FAIR AND DECENT LABOUR MARKET THAT WORKS FOR ALL.

What's going on?

Right now, hundreds of thousands of people working in the UK’s gig economy are missing out on basic rights such as holiday pay, sick pay, and even the national minimum wage. 

 

Ambiguity around employment status and what it means to be a worker in the gig economy has allowed many companies to employ workers under the guise of being “self-employed”.

 

As a result, a plethora of cases involving the likes of Uber, Deliveroo, DPD, Royal Mail and more have come to light.

 

However, the issue doesn’t stop with just workers. Confusion over taxation is costing the tax payer, while an increasing number of HR disputes and lawsuits are hindering companies from fully embracing the gig economy. As competition increases, the gig economy has become a gateway for a fight to the bottom and it needs to stop.

MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE.

HELP US PUSH FOR CHANGE, 

HELP US MAKE GIG WORK,WORK.

SEE WHY:

 

1/4

of gig economy workers paid below the national minimum wage

8m

workers would consider some form of gig work

3.7m

workers experiencing

in-work poverty

25%

of gig economy workers reported not being able to find sufficient work elsewhere

Where did it all start?

and how did we get here?

In order to understand exactly why the gig economy needs reform, let’s look at where it started and how it’s grown...

 
gig economy

2018

1996

Craigslist is founded,

providing people with the ability to provide short-term jobs/tasks and services over the internet.

1999

Elance is founded,

an online staffing platform for freelancers, sparking the beginning of a modern-day gig economy.

2007

Apple launch the iPhone,

the first smart phone sparking a huge change in how people and business can operate.

2009

Uber launches in the USA

an on-demand peer-to-peer ride sharing service, highlighting a huge shift in the way consumers adopt on-demand services. Expands to include Uber Eats in 2014.

2010

Fiverr launches,

an online service for freelancers where tasks are completed for as little as $5, further reinforcing the growing nature of the gig economy across multiple industries.

2012

Uber launches in UK

Deliveroo launches in the UK

2013

an online food service company allowing consumers to get takeaway and restaurant delivered with the click of a button.

2015

Uber faces legal action,

against its workers who demand employee status.

2016

Theresa May

commissions report,

into today’s modern working practices, led by Matthew Taylor. Amongst other objectives, the report will analyse the gig economy and the impact it’s had on the UK labour market.

2017

Addison Lee, Excel,

Pimlico and E-Courier

An increasing number of services such as 

face legal battles over improper and immoral classification of workers being ‘self-employed’

January

A worker for courier company, 

City Sprint

wins important case to be classified as an employee rather than ‘self-employed’ 

March

Royal Mail

accused of charging workers up to £250 per day if they are unable to find replacements for work

April

Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber

MP's accuse

of exploitation

July

Matthew Taylor's 'Review of Modern Work Practices' is published,

highlighting a range of issues within the gig economy. Matthew rates the Government’s response to his report as a 4 out of 10, showing more needs to be done.

February

Don Lane, a diabetic DPD driver,

feared he’d be fined for missing a shift and tragically dies whilst working 

March

GIG launches Government petition,

to Ensure all gig economy workers get holiday pay, sick pay, and minimum wage. 

What can be done?

By voicing your concerns and taking part in the discussion, more pressure will be placed on the government to introduce reforms and provide clarity.

 

The government response to the Taylor review has been underwhelming. We need to build a fair and decent labour market that works for both business and worker. We need to make gig work, work.

 

To find out more, get in touch with andrew@gigtogig.co.uk

What's being said

We sat down with a number of gig economy workers to find out why they chose the gig lifestyle, what they think about the gig economy as a whole, and why they signed our petition to make gig work, work.

 
 

FREE WHITE PAPER

The Gig Economy & Hospitality

Developed off the back of our recent Breakfast Briefing, ‘The Gig Economy & Hospitality: Is it the new norm?’, this white paper provides an in-depth discussion on the rise of the gig economy within the hospitality industry.

 

Drawing from the opinions shared by the event’s panellists, GIG’s own in-house research, Government backed studies, as well as varied industry studies and statistics, this paper specifically looks at the opportunities, risks and challenges of implementing gig economy practices within the UK hospitality industry.

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