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PwC: Improved rights would boost gig working

Jul 12
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PwC: Improved rights would boost gig working

Full-time roles are still the employment option of choice for people in the UK, but flexible opportunities such as gig work and zero-hours contracts would be more popular if rights and entitlements were improved.

That's one of the key findings of recent research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which surveyed more than 2,000 UK adults in advance of the Taylor review into modern employment practices.

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of respondents said full-time work was their preferred mode of employment.

However, more than four out of ten (45 per cent) said they were already engaged in gig work - which is defined as short-term or casual employment often organised via mobile apps - or would consider it.

This proportion would increase if there was a significant improvement in employment rights, with two in five respondents saying this would encourage them to take up gig work.

Job security, being able to earn sufficient income and missing out on workplace benefits emerged as the most common concerns about short-term and flexible employment.

Age appears to be a significant factor in individual willingness to do this sort of work. Nearly six out of ten 18 to 34-year-olds (58 per cent) said they would consider taking on gig work, compared with less than a third (30 per cent) of over-55s.

Julian Sansum, employment partner at PwC, said: "A flexible labour force is one of the UK's strengths, and key to driving competitiveness and productivity. But it needs to be a win-win for both employers and workers.

"Our research shows that while many workers are open to the idea of gig working, for many their concerns over job security and being able to generate sufficient income still outweigh the benefits this type of work can offer."

According to PwC, one of the things that is needed to allow gig working to prosper is a simple, efficient tax system that "does not lead to distortions".

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