Spotlight on employment status

The labour market is changing. We explore how this is related to the so-called ‘gig economy’. 

23 March 2017

The labour market is changing. A lot of this has to do with the so-called ‘gig economy’ (an environment in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements).

The gig economy is transforming the way we look at employment status.  About 15% of the UK workforce is now classified as self-employed including an increasing number of women and older people.  There are attractions to being self-employed: better tax treatment and greater flexibility among them.  However, concerns have been raised that “self-employment” is not always a willing choice or in the individual’s best interests.   

While recent cases involving Uber, Citysprint and Pimlico Plumbers have provided some guidance, a lot of questions remain as the issue of employment status evolves.

What is clear is that the world of business and the employment landscape is changing.  Before we are all replaced by robots, Shepherd and Wedderburn, along with Hudson Recruitment, can help you navigate that landscape.