Halfway through 2016, the term gig economy was thrown into the limelight. Although suggesting a new phenomenon had made an appearance, all that had really happened was that someone came up with a fancier name for freelance work, enhanced by the use of technology. It also prompted the question of whether we should change the law around it. A significant number of self-employed people fail to enjoy any of the advantages that self-employment was originally meant to bring With fewer people working in traditional “jobs for life”, the gig economy got off to a flying start. However, now we’re further down the line it has transpired that many businesses are in fact using the gig economy to cut the costs of employing workers – and we should change the law to prevent it.
Brexit is looming over us, and some have argued that tapping into the gig economy gives employers the agility to compete in an unpredictable world. While this may be true, it says nothing about the rights and protection of the actual workers.
Although a preferred working method for many, the gig economy is fast becoming a byword for exploitative practices. Unscrupulous companies are considered to be avoiding employment […]