Taylor review on modern employment practices

01 December 2016

A country wide review will consider the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations.

The announcement of this review comes after the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, in October 2016 to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.

The team behind the Taylor Review will travel the country, talking to employees and employers about the UK’s labour market. In particular, the regional tour will visit areas including Maidstone, Coventry and Glasgow, speaking to workers and employers working in sectors such as the gig and rural economies and manufacturing, to fully understand the impact of modern working practices and how different labour markets work.

Three expert panel members have been appointed to support the 6 month review, bringing together expertise in the labour market, start-up businesses and public policy areas.

With 15% of those working in the UK’s labour market now self-employed, there has been a rise in the number of people doing ‘gig’ work – short-term, casual work that is increasingly sought by people through mobile phone apps when they want to work. These roles can include driving, delivering items and DIY tasks.

The explosion of ‘disruptive’ businesses – where new ways of working and technology come together to create new products and services to better meet consumer demand – is also leading to a change in working practices.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is also to launch a research project into the scale of the gig economy – the first piece of government-commissioned research into the practice. The project will also look at the motivations of people engaging in ‘gig’ work.