Following an inquiry examining the contracts provided to individuals engaged by gig economy companies, a parliamentary select committee has published a report on ‘Self-employment and the gig economy’.
The key recommendations in this report are:
- there should be a presumption of worker status, with companies having to bear the burden of proving self-employed status – loopholes which encourage bogus self-employment need to be closed
- the government should set out a roadmap for equalising the National Insurance Contributions made by employees and the self-employed
- steps should be taken to encourage the self-employed to save for retirement
In addition, the Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy (the Taylor review) is gathering evidence about the UK’s labour market. The review will consider the implications of new forms of work on workers’ rights and responsibilities, as well as on employers’ freedoms and obligations.