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UK: Gig economy workers risk losing basic rights due to gaps in legislation, new research shows

Author: Richard Partington, The Guardian (UK), Published on: 7 December 2017

"Gig economy workers in UK risk missing out on £22,200 of pension", 7 Dec 2017

The insurance firm Zurich said forcing gig economy companies to classify their workers as employees rather than self-employed would mean automatic enrolment in a workplace pension. Under these rules, it estimates a typical worker aged 25 and earning £25,000 a year would receive a total of £22,200 in employer contributions by the time they retire.

The analysis carried out for the insurer by the Pensions Policy Institute comes after the government delayed reforms designed to improve the rights for up to 1.1 million workers in the gig economy until next year...

MPs have suggested some gig economy firms, including digital operators such as Uber and Deliveroo, may have been exploiting gaps in current legislation.

...Employment law is lagging far behind advances in working practices, which is leaving some people in the gig economy at risk of being denied basic rights.

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Related companies: Deliveroo Uber