Business groups have given their reactions to the recommendations of the Taylor Review into modern-day working practices, which sets out the key principles for providing ‘fair and decent work for all’.
The review suggests that a national strategy is needed to help provide security in such areas as wages, quality of employment, education and training, working conditions, work life balance and the ability to progress at work.
One of the main areas of focus relates to the so-called ‘gig’ economy, with the report recommending the creation of a new category of worker, known as a ‘dependent contractor’, to provide additional rights and benefits for those who are currently classed as self-employed, but who work for firms which have a ‘controlling and supervisory’ relationship with their workers.
The additional benefits would include sick pay, holiday entitlement and the minimum wage, and the new employment status would also oblige such firms to pay millions of pounds in national insurance contributions.
The report also suggests that there should be no further increases to the non-wage costs of employing an individual, and called for an end to the cash-in-hand economy, with a move towards such fees being paid for via trackable platforms such as PayPal.
Business groups have given mixed reactions to the report’s findings, with many welcoming the focus on labour market flexibility, but also warning that some areas, including the plans to rewrite employment status tests, are a cause for concern.
However, the TUC warned that the review ‘is not the game-changer needed to end insecurity and exploitation at work’.