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MP welcomes ‘gig economy’ report recommendations


27th December 2018

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has backed a report which looks at the way people are employed in temporary and part-time work.

The review into modern working practices was carried out by Royal Society of Arts chief executive Matthew Taylor looking at the way employment practices have changed in the last decade.

The report – the Good Work Plan - made a series of recommendations and the Government this week agreed to bring forward legislation to clarify and extend worker’s rights on issues such as equal pay and holiday pay.

In West Worcestershire, employment is at record high levels and youth unemployment continues to fall. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics shows that there were 115 people aged 18 to 24 in November 2018 claiming unemployment benefits - 15 lower than the same time last year.

Harriett commented: “There has been much national debate on the issue of zero hours contracts and the changing way people work and this report highlights some important issues for employers.

“Many people in part-time or temporary work prefer the flexibility of being able to work when it suits them but this report suggests that some people are not aware of their existing rights.

“The good news is that employment in West Worcestershire is at record levels and across the country, only 2.8 per cent of people are in jobs are classed as zero-hours contract work.

“There are many people in West Worcestershire who work in retail or hospitality jobs or work in the local farming sector and have flexible working arrangements, and I am sure they will welcome a level of clarity about their employment rights.”



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