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Taylor Review could mean more rights for gig-economy workers

Posted by: Zoe Brandt | 14.07.17

Intouch Accounting

The Taylor Review, a major report on the UK’s working practices, has been published.


Produced by a panel led by Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair, the 115 page document recommends how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.


The report covers all types of work in the UK but could have the most significant impact on the predominantly technology-based businesses such as Deliveroo and Uber, that enable people to work on a per-job basis – known as the gig economy.


The main thrust of the proposed changes is the suggestion that people working for gig economy firms should be treated as ‘Dependant Contractors’ rather than as self-employed, and receive more employment rights as a result.


A ‘Dependant Contractor’ would be someone who “is not an employee, but neither are they genuinely self-employed”. “Ultimately, if it looks and feels like employment, it should have the status and protection of employment,” the report explains.


In reality, if the changes were followed by the Government, it would mean those working for Uber, Deliveroo, TaskRabbit and other similar platforms  should be entitled to sick pay and holiday leave.


Paul Gough, MD of Intouch Accounting shares his thoughts on the Taylor Review:


“Intouch are supportive of the key findings of the Taylor report and consider the provision of employment rights to vulnerable workers a good thing. In the same vein it’s clear that some of the state benefits enjoyed by the self employed are not supported by their National Insurance contributions and an equalisation is equitable.” Intouch’s clients  are predominantly “Knowledge workers” and most unlikely to be under the “Control” of the engager. We also expect that they will fall outside the definition of “Dependent Contractor” which we also think is the right answer. Well done Mr Taylor.”


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