The Gig Economy

In the UK it is estimated that there are some five million people employed in the ‘gig economy’. Typical ‘gig’ jobs include couriers, ride-hailing drivers and handyman repair work, although it can include any employment, skilled or unskilled, of a short-term, flexible nature.

Taking payments as a small business

Best mobile phone payment for self-employed

Payment devices you carry around with you have revolutionised how customers pay. We look at six of the best mobile card readers


Treasury eyes hitting self-employed gig workers with VAT charge

Slapping VAT on self-employed gig economy drivers or plumbers could rake in £20bn a year for empty Treasury coffers

Legal advice

Businesses may need to pay casual workers who have cancelled shifts

As part of the government's Good Work Plan, casual workers may get compensation from employers if their shift is cancelled at short notice.

Employing & managing staff

Freelancers, Brexit and robots: prepare for a changing workforce in 2019

Adepto's Chris Milligan discusses the changes that business leaders can expect in their workforces in 2019 and how to prepare for them.

Office & home working

Will the gig economy replace the job for life?

Are the days of a ‘job for life’ long gone? Here, we examine the recent rise of the gig economy and its impact on modern working practices.


How do you get the best hourly rate in the gig economy?

A competitive freelance market can make getting a decent hourly rate difficult. What can be done?

Employing & managing staff

Managing shift work: How a business should address its staffing needs

There are many complexities associated with managing a shift-based workforce, which can cripple a business if not managed well. Christian Brøndum of Planday discusses how your business can address them effectively.


Gig workers report lack of financial protection from their gig companies

Just 2 per cent of gig workers have access to financial protection via their gig company, research discovers.


Businesses and employees demand protection for gig workers

New research reveals nine in ten employers and employees agree gig economy workers need more rights and protections.


Gig workers miss out on up to £75,000 pension savings

Gig workers missing out on up to £75,000 in pension savings as auto-enrolment bypasses gig economy, according to new research.


Another blow for gig economy as two tribunals find for complainants

A severe blow rocks the gig economy after two tribunals rule in favour of the complainants against Addison Lee.

Business management

Healing the relationship between businesses and freelancers

George Olver, co-founder of Movidiam, explores why poor practices regarding freelancers could be stifling the global creative industry.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

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Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

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