Is the autonomy over working tasks enough of a benefit as against those benefits provided to employees?
Will the gig economy survive the recent Uber decision?
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Emran Mian, director of the Social Market Foundation, emphasised the lack of support for self-employed workers. “[The data] suggests that self-employed workers may be getting the worst of both worlds… people may behave very much like employees and yet lack the rights and protections of employees,” he said. However, in a speech this week the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, said the burgeoning gig economy was “exciting”, and that self-employed workers had the freedom to “pick and mix their employers, their hours, their offices and their holiday patterns”. He added: “This is one of the most significant developments in the labour market. The potential is huge and the change is exciting.” His views comes just one month after an employment tribunal found that Uber drivers should be classed as employees, and receive the minimum wage and paid holiday.