Business Secretary launches review on self-employment rights

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable this week launched an employment review aimed at strengthening the status of the self-employed.

Announced at the Liberal Democrat conference, the review will address the potential extension of employment rights and additional job stability for zero-hours contracts and agency workers in particular.

A press statement issued by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills stated that many workers were not aware of their own employment status, and were therefore uncertain what employment rights they were entitled to.

Commenting on the upcoming review, Mr Cable said: “Some types of contracts that offer fewer employment rights and which were never designed to be widely used have become much more commonplace. As the economy recovers, it is right to explore giving a silent minority of workers the security and rights enjoyed by the majority of employees.”

Ben Dunn, Finance Director at JSA Services adds: “Whilst this seems to be a positive move for the self-employed, it is important that Mr Cable avoids making changes that could have a negative impact on the UK’s currently flexible labour market.”

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