Gig economy
700,000 gig workers paid below national minimum wage.

Government research reveals low levels of pay as labour market reforms draw criticism.


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A quarter of gig economy workers earn less than the mandatory £7.50 per hour, government research shows.

A quarter of gig economy workers earn less than the mandatory £7.50 per hour, government research shows.

A quarter of people working in Britain’s fast-growing gig economy are being paid below the national minimum wage, government research has revealed.

An estimated 700,000 people are earning less than the mandatory £7.50 per hour working as couriers, taxi drivers and in other self-employed work, according to the first research of its kind for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

NatCen Social Research carried out the study before long-awaited labour market reforms were announced by the government on Wednesday, which were widely criticised for failing to provide new protections for gig workers and promising only consultation on law changes.

The national minimum wage does not apply to self-employed workers.

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