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Jenna Cane


Sharing Economy UK has given its reaction to the Government’s response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices.

Richard Laughton, Sharing Economy UK Chair and CEO of easyCar, said:

“Both the Government and Matthew Taylor have rightly recognised that flexibility and fairness are important aspects of a successful UK labour market which works for everyone.

“We agree that modern employment law should keep pace with innovation and technology - helping enhance the UK’s position as one of the best places in the world for sharing economy platforms to thrive and bring benefits for all users.

“Firms welcome the Government’s plan to develop a definition of “working time” that is suitable for people finding work through platforms via a smartphone app or online.

“Many people hugely value the flexibility that platforms provide and have been able to participate in the employment market for the first time. Greater clarity on knowing when they are to be paid will help individuals make informed choices.

“Sharing Economy UK looks forward to working with policymakers in the areas it has highlighted for further consideration. It’s essential that updates to the UK’s labour market continue to promote entrepreneurship, encourage participation and maintain flexibility while helping to develop skills.”

07 February 2018

Notes to Editors:

About Sharing Economy UK

Sharing Economy UK (‘SEUK’) is the trade body championing the UK’s sharing economy industry – from the world’s most influential sharing economy businesses to innovative and industry-defining start-ups.

SEUK works closely with policymakers including the Government. It represents the sharing economy community and calls for policy changes which better protect both consumers and sharing economy businesses.

SEUK was launched in March 2015 following a Government-commissioned independent review written by Debbie Wosskow OBE, founder of Love Home Swap. In March 2017, Sharing Economy UK entered into close collaboration with the CBI, the UK’s most influential business organisation.

While SEUK maintains its name and distinct voice, the CBI provides SEUK with operational support and advises on key policy and business challenges facing the sector.

About the CBI

Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:

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