‘Free­dom’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

Many com­pa­nies in the gig econ­omy of­fer peo­ple who work for them the free­dom to choose the hours they work.

In­stead of a reg­u­lar wage, work­ers get paid for in­di­vid­ual ‘gigs’ they work, which would be each time they work as a taxi driver for a com­pany like Uber or de­liver a take­away for a com­pany like De­liv­eroo.

Yet some busi­nesses in the gig econ­omy have at­tracted crit­i­cism from peo­ple who ac­cuse them of ex­ploit­ing work­ers with­out pay­ing them the min­i­mum wage and not of­fer­ing them se­cu­rity – such as sick pay. Many firms ar­gue these work­ers are not staff but in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors, and there­fore not sub­ject to the same rights.

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