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More protection demanded for gig economy workers

There is widespread support among employers and employees for the UK government to provide more protection for those who work in the gig economy.

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In a survey of nearly 5,000 workers and over 100 businesses by Totaljobs, 90% of employees and 87% of employers said more regulations were needed to protect the rights of gig workers.

 

The gig economy has been on the rise for several years and 64% of employers believe its importance will only continue to grow in the next year, as individuals turn to self-employment in order to find work. This is backed up by an annual 24% increase in the number of contract and freelance roles advertised, and a 36% rise in candidate applications, according to Totaljobs.

 

It’s predicted that five million people work in the gig economy in the UK, representing around 16% of the total full- and part-time workforce. Some 43% of businesses surveyed said they already employ gig workers and almost half of those (45%) who don’t said they would do so in the future.

 

As many as 79% of employers said they employed gig economy workers to offer flexibility to their business, 40% said it was to fill a gap in the team, and over a third (35%) said it was to help them scale their operations up or down.

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