The REC has called on policy-makers to ensure that the gig economy is fair to self-employed workers and businesses, and to secure benefits for the UK wider economy. The report claims that this will become increasingly important as the gig economy becomes more mainstream, adding £45 billion to the UK economy and creating work for 766,000 people.
Key recommendations to government include:
Ensure that gig workers and businesses have recourse for instances of bad practice.
Clarify the legal and tax status of gig workers and ensure they get the same protections as other self-employed workers.
Look to services such as the Low Pay Commission to determine fair pay for gig workers.
Ensure the same rules governing the recruitment industry apply to digital work platforms, so that businesses can compete on a level playing field.
REC chief executive Kevin Green says: “This is good news for employers who will welcome tools which help them access the global talent market. The UK is close to full employment and businesses across the economy need to react to skills shortages.