IPSE has hailed new, extremely positive employment data from the ONS. The ONS’s April – June employment statistics show not only record levels of employment, not reached since 1971, but also a continued growth in the number of self-employed people in the workforce.
Whilst the battle against IR35 was far from over, there was a growing sense amongst the PCG leadership, and indeed the wider membership, that the organisation needed to broaden its horizons, address other issues and become a fully-fledged, multi-policy lobbying group.
For those interested in employment status (yes, there are in fact many of us), the last couple of weeks have been fascinating. First we had the publication of the Taylor Review, which recommended far-reaching changes to employment law.
IPSE has today welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that fees for employment tribunals are “unlawful”.
Few sectors are more closely associated with freelancing than the creative industries. From the roving troubadours of the Middle Ages to flat white-swilling sound editors in Shoreditch today, creatives have always worked for themselves.
IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed has responded to the Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices by stating that a new ‘dependent contractor’ status doesn’t negate the need for a statutory definition of self-employment.
IPSE has called for a statutory definition of self-employment in response to Deliveroo’s submission to the Taylor review on modern employment practices. The Taylor review is expected to be launched in the coming days.
IPSE Chief Executive Chris Bryce said:
IPSE’s Director of Policy Simon McVicker reacts to Frank Field MP’s open letter to Politics Home about the ‘gig economy’:
IPSE has responded to a new report published by the Resolution Foundation which calls for a minimum wage for self-employed people who do not set their own rate of pay.
Simon McVicker, IPSE director of policy, said:
4.8 million people. 15 per cent of the workforce. £255 billion every year. Looking at the figures, it’s impossible to deny the enormous impact the self-employed have on the UK economy.