The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has called for a unified view of what self-employment means in the modern world of work.

The news that the government is to commence a review of the ‘gig economy’ has been commented on by IPSE director of policy Simon McVicker

But in what is a tricky and tense time for many workers following the recent Autumn Statement, McVicker’s comments will be echoed by many contractors and freelancers.

“The past few years have seen dramatic shifts in the structure of our labour market and Theresa May should be applauded for attempting to grapple with the challenges this has presented,” he said. “This review presents a vital opportunity to provide clarity around how modern employment relationships should be treated in the employment and welfare system. It will also have huge implications for what it means to be self-employed, a worker or an employee.”

McVicker went on to comment on a few of the problems that the gig economy has thrown up, one of which he describes as ‘bogus self-employment’, before returning to the wider freelance and contractor picture.

“With the department for business’ review on the future world of work and rights of workers, and the chancellor’s announcement of a review in self-employed taxation, there must be joined-up thinking from all government departments on how the 4.8 million people who work for themselves are treated,” he added. “An agreed definition of self-employment is essential. Business and government need certainty over what self-employment is, otherwise confusion will remain.”

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