Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Minimum wage for the self-employed, suggests think tank

Some of the self-employed should be entitled to the national minimum wage, a think tank has urged.

The Resolution Foundation says that about half of the 4.8 million people classified as self-employed are low-paid and earn less than £310 a week.

As they have no chance to set their own wages they should be classified instead as workers, with wage protection.

The idea has been submitted by the think tank to the Taylor Review on modern employment practices.

Mathew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society for the Arts, was appointed last October by the government to lead a review into the effect of new types of businesses, such as Uber and Deliveroo, which have led to an increase in the number of people in short-term and casual work.
Conor D'Arcy of the Resolution Foundation, said: "While many [of the self-employed] are higher earners who benefit from significant flexibility, around half fall below the low pay earnings threshold of just £310 a week."

"The government can start by extending minimum wage protections to those self-employed people whose prices are set by a firm.

"This would mean that self-employed people in the gig economy would be given protection against extreme low pay for the first time ever," he added.

BBC    News.

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