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MPs slam ‘freeriding’ gig economy companiesND
Josephine Cumbo, Financial Times, 1st of May 2017
The Commons work and pensions committee in the UK have described companies who operate in the gig economy as “free riders’ on the welfare state. The committee singled out Uber and Deliveroo as drivers of the gig economy, which is seen as driving the growth of self-employment in the UK to 5 million (or 15 per cent of all British workers). This rise in self-employment has been combined with an overall reduction in the availability of benefits and tax credit income while companies operating in the gig economy contribute far less to the welfare state through national insurance contributions.
The decisions of the committee will have nock-on-affects to the continuing pressure for gig economy companies to recognise staff as employees or workers in Australia and elsewhere.
For more information see: www.ft.com