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IPSE: We do not want changes to the treatment of self-employed people that would threaten their inherent flexibility


With the recent Matthew Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices looking at the ‘implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well employer freedoms and obligations’, the IPSE is clear on the fact that they do not want the results to impact self-employed worker’s flexibility in any way shape or form.

This response has come after Deliveroo’s submission to the review, with plans to provide greater protection to riders.

IPSE Chief Executive Chris Bryce explained, “Deliveroo’s suggestion that riders be given additional rights could be examined in terms of creating a wider worker employment status. However, IPSE is clear we do not want changes to the treatment of self-employed people that would threaten their inherent flexibility. As a starting point, we urge the government to adopt a statutory definition of self-employment to clarify who does and does not work for themselves.”

He added, “Being self-employed means being in control of when you work, how you work and who your clients and customers are. It also means you are responsible for saving for later life and being prepared for situations when you aren’t able to work. Self-employment can be hard work and it’s not for everyone, but increasing numbers of people are making the decision to take their destiny into their own hands. IPSE respects this and membership of IPSE can help the self-employed provide for themselves both in terms of saving for later life and preparing for times when they can’t work.

“The gig economy is a new and exciting part of the labour market. It provides freedom, flexibility and work opportunities to many people who might otherwise not have them. The many people working in the gig economy have helped swell the number of self-employed to over 4.8 million. However, these gig workers remain a very small part of the wider self-employed population. We shouldn’t forget the millions of plumbers, designers, consultants and builders who go into business for themselves and are fully aware that they have to stand on their own two feet.”

Daniele Cantello is an Employee Liaison Officer for ContractorUmbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.