Matthew Taylor’s highly-anticipated review into UK-wide working practices outlines a wide range of recommendations for “fair and decent” employment practices going forward.
The review – which has been nine months in the making – will be formally presented by Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday 11 July 2017.
Mr Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair and chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, has based the review’s findings on hundreds of interviews with workers, employers and labour experts all across the country.
Presenting Mr Taylor’s findings, Mrs May will say: “I am clear that this Government will act to ensure that the interests of employees on traditional contracts, the self-employed and those people working in the ‘gig’ economy are all properly protected.”
She will add that the findings “go right to the heart of this Government’s agenda and right to the heart of our values as a people.”
The review will argue that the UK has a “great record on creating jobs” but less so in terms of the “quality” of such jobs, with many workers “not having their rights fully respected.”
It will read: “There are too many people at work who are treated like cogs in a machine rather than being human beings, and there are too many people who don’t see a route from their current job to progress and earn more and do better.”
The report will also stress that the Government does not wish to ban zero hours contracts – but that employers that provide these working platforms will need to prove that, if signing on for hours of work, such zero hours workers would “easily clear” the minimum wage.
Meanwhile, it will argue that so-called gig economy workers who are currently classed as self-employed should be classified under a new category known as “dependent contractors” – which would see them entitled to greater employment protections.
Once presented by the Prime Minister, the full document will be accessible here.
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