The Taylor Review, which is looking at employment practices in the UK and has been ordered by prime minister Theresa May, has the best chance of solving some of the problems in the employment space.
That’s the opinion of Crawford Temple, chief executive of PRISM – an industry body that supports flexible workers such as contractors.
The review, led by Matthew Taylor of the Royal Society of Arts, will take six months to complete and was commissioned in October. When launched a fortnight ago however, the number of separate reviews being carried out in this area had grown to seven, including the recently announced review into the Gig Economy.
PRISM is sponsoring one of the seven reviews, which will look into flexible workers and employers. The other reviews include the Labour Party’s Workplace 2020 Review and separate Future of Work Commission, the Future World of Work and Rights of Workers Inquiry by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, The Employment Divide study by the Social Market Foundation and the Resolution Foundation’s ‘Temporary Fix or Lasting Problem?’ review of agency work.
“The sheer number of reviews represents an earthquake in popular sentiment demonstrating the fact no one believes the system is fit for purpose any more,” said Temple. “Without lifting a finger Matthew Taylor has become one of the most important people in Britain. The only question will be, is it a hindrance or a help? I hope and believe it is the latter.”
Temple said that while Taylor’s report can enjoy the benefit of being informed by the findings of the other reviews, there remains huge pressure ‘to get it right and come up with workable and meaningful recommendations for government on how to deal with flexible working and the gig economy given the huge scale of the various reviews combined’.
Temple concluded: “If the country can’t sort its employment and tax system out this time, with so much accumulated expertise directed at the problem, my fear is it never will.”