Self-employment / gig economy


This page contains a liveblog written during the February 10th House of Lords Finance Bill Sub-Committee evidence session on Draft Finance Bill 2019, focusing on proposed reforms to the rules on off-payroll working.

The ‘gig economy’ is much in the news at the moment – and all the political parties seem to have plans for it in their manifestos. But what is it, what are the rights and responsibilities of those who work in it, and what kind of changes might we see?


The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has urged the Taylor Review of employment practices to recommend a comprehensive reassessment of the relationship between taxation and the growth in non-standard work, such as people working in the ‘gig economy’.

The Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into self-employment and the ‘gig economy’ continued with a session with Matthew Taylor. Taylor is Chief Executive of the of the RSA and leader of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s independent review on modern employment practices.