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Judge Hands Deliveroo a Victory Over Employment Rights


Just when you thought companies such as Deliveroo and Uber were beaten…a judge in Birmingham slammed down the hammer and said…

“No workers for you, everybody is self employed!”

If you have been following this whole saga about whether or not workers should be classed as self employed or employed, then you will probably be surprised by the decision

The reason? Because many of these companies are getting the wrong decisions right now, with judges all around the country slamming down the hammer of punishment and ordering them to turn the self employed into…”employed,” and all the benefits that come with that.

However, the tide may be changing with this recent ruling for Deliveroo in Birmingham, and a spokesperson for the company has spoke to the press about the matter, having this to say, “this is a victory for all riders who have continuously told us that flexibility is what they value most about working with Deliveroo.”

Do you know what? That is exactly what I’ve been saying all along, as I constantly get emails and letters from the self employed who say they really do enjoy the freedom, flexibility, and control of working for themselves, choosing their own hours, and doing what they want to do.

As far as I’m concerned, if a job for Deliveroo or Uber is correctly advertised as “freelance” or “gig worker” and the conditions are clearly spelled out, then it is up to the worker if they want to accept those conditions.

Don’t want to work as a freelance contractor? Simple…don’t accept a job that has freelance contractor in the headline. Instead, go and find a job that will offer you a set amount of hours and a set wage.

For example, most of the riders who work for Deliveroo on a freelance basis typically make, on average, more than riders who take on an hourly wage.

Not only that, but these freelancers also have the ability to work for rival delivery companies at the same time, which means they can deliver for two or more companies on the same day, which boosts their earning potential and gives them more choice.

If you ask me, many of these freelance riders have removed the shackles of traditional employment and are moving forward into a new world of being free to do what they want to do. Unfortunately, there are still some people, especially those in the government, who are living in the past.

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NO Tax Cut for Contractors Says Chancellor


If you are a contractor in the UK then you probably want to pay less tax. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a tax cut any time soon.

That is according to the chancellor Philip Hammond, who recently banged his fist down on the table and demanded…NO tax cut for contractors!

This news will no doubt come as a shock to the millions of contractors, freelancers, gig workers, and self employed employed people around the country, because if you remember, it was only a few months ago that Mr Hammond said we would do “whatever we have to do” when Brexit takes place in order to stay competitive.

Many experts thought he meant a tax drop would be on the cards, in a bid to attract highly skilled contractors to relocate on a permanent basis to the UK, but it appears this is not what he meant.

Instead, there will be no tax cuts and no attempts to get one over on our European neighbours. It actually seems that everybody is getting on really well right now, as the Brexit negotiation take place and the European leaders try to work this whole thing out.

So everybody is friends at the moment and it’s all smiles…but how long will that last? Not long in my opinion, and if our soon to be ex European partners try to pull a fast one in the negotiation room, then it wouldn’t surprise me if Philip Hammond starts to talk about tax cuts once again.

Is it really fair that the chancellor is using UK contractors as pawns though? A few months ago he got everyone’s hopes up with all this talk about less tax, and then, without a moments hesitation he changes his mind and acts like nothing ever happened.

Meanwhile, the millions of hard working self employed people are let down once again. Is it any wonder that the Conservatives lost votes at the recent General Election? I don’t think so.

It had a lot to do with the senseless tax grab the chancellor tried to get away with if you ask me, and that is why many people stayed away or voted elsewhere at the election.

Well, if people were not impressed with the tax grab, something tells me those people (and even more) are not going to be impressed about the chancellor promising a tax cut and then backtracking only a few months later.

A tax cut might have been a bit of pie in the sky anyway, with one political correspondent saying that due to the Conservatives losing seats in Parliament then getting a bill passed for less tax would probably be a struggle.

Wouldn’t it be great that instead of politicians, we had contractors and business owners in Parliament making the decisions? I’m sure the tax rate would quickly go down, and millions of self employed would enjoy filling out their tax return every year.

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27% Leave School With No Career Advice According to Study


Just over a quarter of Brits leave Secondary school without any kind of career advice…that is according to a new study of over 2000 adults.

This has led to a whole generation of school leavers who are unsure of the career path that is right for them, with many deciding to stay in higher education rather than joining the workforce.

It might also be part of the explanation why so many people are now joining the ranks of freelancers, gig workers and contractors, because instead of going right into a career, they now take the time to explore different options before finally deciding that working for themselves is the best way forward.

The study also went on to give us some more interesting statistics, such as:

29% of workers are considering a career change soon, with self employment being high on their list of options.

Only 10% of those surveyed believed the career advice they did get in school was impartial, with many having the opinion that teachers and other staff were biased towards certain professions.

30% did know the career they wanted to pursue when leaving school, although many do change their mind after a few years in the workforce…with freelancing and contracting being good alternatives once they become dissatisfied with their boss.

A further 45% mentioned that teachers were often pushy towards getting students to go towards a career that required a university education, despite the fact that university fees have become way more expensive in recent years. This has led some people to wonder if teachers get a commission for recommending this path.

42% also said that parents were supportive of their career path, even if they decided to change course after a few years and go into something else like self employment.

My opinion on all of this is that career advice in schools is going to become less and less relevant, as students decide to educate themselves on what career path to pursue.

Thanks to the internet, it’s now possible to research potential careers and university courses by themselves, rather than having a teacher giving the information.

Also, I think we are going to be seeing more people wait longer until they make a decision about their career.

Years ago, you were expected to know exactly what path to take by the age of 18. These days, people are waiting longer, with many deciding to go travelling and experience the world before making a decision

It’s not uncommon for a 25 year old to still be considering career options, with freelancing, gig working, and contracting being popular options once they do decide to enter the workforce.

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