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Taylor Review into gig economy workers attacked for being 'feeble'

Taylor Review into gig economy workers attacked for being 'feeble'”

Uber and Deliveroo workers should receive minimum wage and sick pay in an overhaul of employment law created to protect those working in the gig economy, a government report will say.

Another boost to the Treasury comes in Mr Taylor's recommendations for cash-in-hand work, often associated with tradesment such as builders, decorators, and gardeners. A self-employed person doing the same work as an employed person can pay a different amount of tax or National Insurance despite receiving similar contributory benefit entitlements in return, ' the report added. "They, together with those who lack awareness, are stifling progress - this needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency", she said.

A lawyer representing some Deliveroo riders and Uber taxi drivers said the position of gig economy workers could be made worse by a recommendation to allow employers to pay less than the minimum wage during times of low demand.

While reforms to the state pension introduced past year boost self-employed workers by giving them exactly the same entitlements as employed workers, the Taylor Review acknowledges that most should not be relying exclusively on the state to support them in retirement.

Byrne said Uber's drivers already earned on average more than the living wage of £7.50 an hour.

The Taylor review, led by former government policy chief Matthew Taylor, says individuals working full-time in the "gig economy" should have the right to sick leave and holiday pay, and that companies should have to prove workers can earn the minimum wage by signing up to their service.

Prime Minister Theresa May defended the review, saying it would ensure "the interests of employees on traditional contracts, the self-employed and those people working in the "gig" economy are all properly protected".

Although Taylor told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the report did not go as far as calling for tribunal fees to be scrapped, it did advocate some big changes to the system, including introducing a mechanism where people can have their employment status determined without having to pay tribunal fees. This subtle time-line change is not surprising given the government's recent U-turn on increasing NICs for the self-employed.

The recommendations are part of wider review into modern working practices, as more people become self-employed and make money through the so-called "gig" economy.

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'The review calls on the Government to adopt the ambition that all work should be fair and decent with scope for fulfilment and development.

The document recommends that workers in firms such as Deliveroo be given the status of "dependent contractors" and this should carry benefits. "What is needed is for these rights and responsibilities to be clearly set out in legislation".

A cyclist rides a bicycle as he delivers food for Deliveroo, an example of the emergence of what is known as the "gig economy".

Mr Taylor also rejected calls to recommend the Government bans zero hours contracts in his review because it was "clear that many people work zero hours choose to work that way because it suits them". "Experience shows that this will not happen".

The issue of low-paid and insecure work is one of the thorniest and important problems facing the British economy.

His view was echoed by unions.

"We'd welcome any nuggets of good news, but it doesn't look like the report will shift the balance of power in the modern workplace".

According to statistics from the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), UK businesses are now utilising over 1.1 million gig economy workers, and despite assumptions to the contrary, most are not employed by tech startups.

Deliveroo spokesperson said of the report: "We would welcome the opportunity to work with the government so we can end this trade-off between flexibility and security".

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