These days everyone wants a positive work/life balance while at the same time being successful. Twenty years ago this may have seemed impossible, but no more. We live in a world where running a blog provides a stable income, the internet is full of free legal advice, and work related hacks and flexible working hours are considered the norm.
Some aspects of employment are not keeping up. Take the ‘gig’ economy, where it’s estimated that five million people in the UK work. With companies like Uber, Deliveroo and Hermes constantly growing in popularity, individuals are easily able to gain flexible working patterns under self-employed status and can chose to work when, where, and how they want, gaining pay for each ‘gig’ they do. Considering the modern values placed on flexibility in the workplace, it’s easy to see the appeal in this.
Elizabeth Maxwell, Solicitor from the Employment team, advises “employers to review how they are engaging with individuals who they define as ‘self-employed,’ as the tribunals are quite happy nowadays to jump over the contract and look at what is in fact the true nature of the working relationship. We believe that many ‘self-employed’ individuals are in fact likely to have worker status and this can leave companies very exposed.”
The full article is available online, first published by Talk Business on the 24 July 2017: What is the future of the gig economy?