The Taylor Review's impact on employment types
The Taylor Review on modern employment practices is a government initiative to look at the impact of changing social, technology and economic forces on the world of work.
The review proposes a number of strategies and recommendations to help the UK create an environment where 'good work' can flourish. The full review looks at a number of topics, ranging from wellbeing, to learning and development, right through to the implications on tax and National Insurance.
You can read the full Taylor Review here - PDF, 3.75MB, 116 pages
A new employment type to protect Gig Workers
For any organisation looking to utilise the breadth and depth of skills available in the gig economy, a highlight from the review was the recommendation of a new employment type—the dependent contractor—in order to bring clarity and better reflect the new world of work.
"Determining whether you are an employee, a worker or genuinely self-employed requires the ability to understand complex legislation, which is spread over many Acts, and be aware of a mountain of case law. For individuals, not knowing your employment status means not knowing what employment rights you deserve. For businesses, this situation can lead to uncertainty about their responsibilities and what can be demanded from workers. The situation does not need to be this complicated."
"With that in mind, government should introduce a new name to refer to the category of people who are eligible for 'worker' rights but who are not employees. We recommend that the legislation refer to this group as 'dependent contractors'."