In response to the today’s ruling on employment rights for Uber drivers, Seamus Nevin, Head of Employment and Skills Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:
“The IoD has long been a strong champion for the sharing economy. 12% of UK GDP this year will come from businesses who are harnessing new technologies and software, and the Government has made clear the importance of digital innovation to the UK’s future economic success. That said, technological change always raises questions about its impact on employment, and today’s ruling could have an effect on thousands of individuals.
“For many, the flexibility that comes with working for yourself has often been seen as preferable to traditional forms of employment. However, the UK has recently seen a significant increase in the number of self-employed, as well as a proliferation in the number of digital platforms that provide access to work. This shift highlights the importance of striking the right balance between protecting people’s rights at work and ensuring that regulations do not stifle innovation and growth.
“This ruling sets the ball rolling in the debate over reconciling UK labour laws with the demands of the modern economy. Earlier this month the Government announced a review of workers’ rights and practices and the IoD looks forward to contributing to this work over the coming months.”