Posts from January 2019

It seems that everyone is self-employed these days. Couriers, drivers, hairdressers, sports coaches and estate agents are all professions where more and more vacancies are advertised on a “self-employed” basis rather than on an employed basis. I’ve even seen employers try to argue that their receptionists and bar staff are self-employed. 
 
We have also seen the first few Employment Tribunal cases go through the courts, and so far at least, Uber, Pimlico Plumbers, Deliveroo, City Sprint, and taxi firm Addison Lee have all lost their argument that their workers are self-employed. 
 
The tide is turning. Both HMRC and Employment Tribunals are taking on cases and looking beyond what is written in agreements between employer and “self-employed” worker, to try and understand how working arrangements operate in practice. And they are coming to the same conclusion. 
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