How the Taylor review could change your workplace

Theresa May said the changing nature of employment went to the heart of her Government's agenda

However, while it remains to be seen which recommendations of the Taylor Review the government will choose to take forward (if any), it is clear that, if implemented, the recommendations could significantly impact on modern working in the UK.

'Improving the quality of work should be an important part of our productivity strategy, ' he said. But there was precious little detail how the government should tackle zero hours contracts or the shift toward spurious use of self-employment to deny workers permanent contracts.

This new label would ensure basic employee rights such as sick pay and holiday pay for workers of companies such as Uber and Deliveroo.

As Jonan Boto argues in the Financial Times today, workers want genuine choice - not, to use the hackneyed phrase, "flexibility" - about what type of jobs they have (full-time, part-time, or completely flexible) whilst at the same having employment rights and security. There is a new recommended category of "dependent contractor", which sits somewhere between full time employed and self employed status, and is created to prevent bogus forms of self-employment.

"Exactly a year ago Theresa May promised a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us".

View the report Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices. The review makes clear this can not be done by regulation alone, it is the responsibility of all of us (people, employers, shareholders, customers).

"The report does nothing to address the rampaging growth in forced self-employment", said Unite leader Len McCluskey.

"The main reason why people say they sign up to drive with Uber is so they can be their own boss".

It raised the hope that work would once again pay and there would be no profit in exploitation. For example, a greater focus on high-quality apprenticeships and consideration of what the requirement for 20 per cent off-the-job training means when hours and work are fluctuating week to week.

Theresa May commissioned the review of employment laws in light of the changing economy
Theresa May commissioned the review of employment laws in light of the changing economy

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.

The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain said it had discovered that Greg Marsh, one of the panel members of the Taylor review, was an early investor in Deliveroo. Instead, we have recommendations of "fair work", which seems to be the catchphrase of the day.

A spotlight is also shone on managers, who Mr Taylor says have a responsibility for good governance and management to ensure workers are "able to be engaged and heard" and a more "proactive" approach to better mental health in the workplace.

Mr Taylor says ministers had created an "employment wedge" between traditional firms and those whose workers were self-employed.

The 115 page report makes recommendations which could impact on employment strategy for the coming decades in the United Kingdom, particularly (but certainly not exclusively) within the gig economy.

Further criticism is likely to clot around the conception of the report.

Neil Carberry of the CBI employers" lobby said businesses would be "deeply concerned' by the review's recommendation to give temporary, agency staff the same pay and rights as permanent employees - this, obviously is a step in the right direction though.

"Alarmingly, however, some of the proposals may make the position worse for gig economy workers, contrary to the Government's suggestion that it is seeking to enhance workers' rights".

Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, said it had missed the chance for major reforms to help those in insecure employment, adding it could pave the way for a loss of rights for Uber workers that had recently been won in the courts.



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