Taylor Review: All work in UK economy should be fair


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All work in the UK’s economy should be «exposition and decent», a government review of employment practices has said.

The report by bygone aide to Tony Blair, Matthew Taylor, pays particular notoriety to the gig economy.

It recommends that workers for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo should be classified as dependent contractors, with collateral benefits.

The Prime Minister said the government would take the come in’s recommendations seriously.

Mr Taylor said there was a perception that the gig thrift put too much power into the hand of employers: «Of all the issues that were elate scrape together with us as we went around the country, the one that came through most strongly was what the write-up calls one-sided flexibility.

«One-sided flexibility is where employers quest after to transfer all risk onto the shoulder of workers in ways that think people more insecure and makes their lives harder to carry out. It’s the people told to be ready for work or travelling to work, only to be imparted none is available.»

Taylor recommendations for the government:

• People who work for platform-based companies, such as Deliveroo and Uber, be classed as dependent contractors

• Procedures must be put in place to make sure that workers do not get stuck on the Country-wide Living Wage

• The review suggests a national strategy to provide passable work for all «for which government needs to be held accountable»

• The government should keep further increasing the the non-wage costs of employing a person, such as the apprenticeship levy

  • 28% of accountancy, constitutional advice and other consultancy work

  • 18% of plumbing, building and other skilled directions work

  • 17% of cleaning and other household services

  • 9% of delivery or courier rituals


A spokesperson for the meal delivery service Deliveroo, one of the companies at the sentiment of the gig-economy debate, said: «We would welcome the opportunity to work with the authority so we can end this trade off between flexibility and security.»

Mr Taylor’s report did not seize the gig economy. It said that flexibility in the workplace was important and had contributed to record inebriated employment.

He pointed to the official Labour Force Survey of March this year, which originate that 68% of those on zero hours contracts did not want numberless hours.

However, he said too many employers and businesses were relying on zero hours, short-hours or mechanism contracts, when they could be more forward thinking in their outline.

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Earlier, Mr Taylor had squeaked the BBC «There are too many people at work who are treated like cogs in a appliance rather than being human beings, and there are too many people who don’t see a direction from their current job to progress and earn more and do better.»

But he voted working platform providers such as Uber had to demonstrate that proletarians signing on for hours of work would «easily clear» the minimum wage.

Andrew Byrne, turning point of policy at Uber, said that the average driver took adequately over the National Living ‘All work in UK economy should be fair’Wage.

He also responded Uber «would welcome greater clarity in the law over different typefaces of employment status».

Mr Taylor also suggested that cash payments should be phased-out.

He swayed cash jobs such as window cleaning and decorating were significance up to £6bn a year and many were untaxed — something Mr Taylor says should be talked.

Mr Taylor said he did not want to ban cash payments outright, but hoped, all about time, the increasing popularity of transaction platforms such as PayPal and Worldpay at ones desire see a shift from cash-in-hand work.

«In a few years time as we move to a innumerable cashless economy, self employed people would be paid cashlessly — love your window cleaner. At the same time they can pay taxes and retain for their pension,» he said.

«Most people who do pay for self-employed labour hand down like to know that that person is paying their encumbrances.»

‘Exploited’ workers

However, Labour’s shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey estimated the review did not go far enough for the 4.5 million people in insecure work.

She told the BBC: «If it looks comparable to a job or it smells like a job then it is a job, and the worker should be employed, and I think in those jobs where a worker is carrying out work on behalf of an employer… they should not be exploited as a cooperative workers.»

Trade unions also said Mr Taylor had not tackled myriad of the issues facing workers.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady about: «From what we’ve seen, this review is not the game-changer needed to end insecurity and exploitation at piece.»

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