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Jenna Cane

SHARING ECONOMY UK REACTS TO GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE TAYLOR REVIEW

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.”