Managing a flexible workforce

The current UK picture

There has recently been a lot of media coverage regarding the flexible labour market in the UK such as the well-publicised Sports Direct case, UBER and self-employed workers and zero hours contracts.

This has resulted in the government undertaking a review into how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models; addressing questions on issues such as job security, wage levels and employees’ rights.

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched a separate inquiry into workers’ rights in October 2016, reflecting growing public concerns over the employment practices of “digital economy”companies, such as Deliveroo and Uber, and the use of zero hours contracts.

The recommendations from these reviews could have a significant impact on the UK economy. 

The UK stats

  • 4.7 million self-employed workers in the first quarter of 2016 (ONS)
  • 1 million agency workers in the UK by 2020 (Resolution Foundation)
  • Currently 910,000 zero hours employees (Resolution Foundation) 

What types of employment are there in the UK?

An individual’s rights will depend on their employment status; specifically whether they are an Employee, a Worker or a Self-employed Contractor. Read more 

How do the rights of Workers, Employees and Self-employed Contractors differ? Read more 

Advice to Businesses  Read more