London Recharged: Our Vision for London in 2025. The COVID-19 crisis has significantly disrupted traditional working patterns and accelerated technological trends.
With the right action, London will emerge from the pandemic crisis stronger than it entered. This report is a call for action by business, government and academia to work together to ensure medium term recovery for London and the UK. The report reaffirms London’s existing strengths and shows that London’s future success will depend on collaboration, innovation and sustainability. Our recommendations cover five key themes: Curate innovative ecosystemsEnable businesses of all sizes to flourishOpen London’s opportunities for allInvest in sustainable infrastructureInclusive and outward looking city for the UK and the world There are deep dive case studies on innovation in legal services and the evolution of London’s built environment. As well as looking at the future for London the report’s findings will apply to other major urban centres in the UK. Workforce strategies for post COVID-19 recovery.
Employment Outlook 2020. “Every worker is essential and must be protected from COVID-19, no matter what” – UN rights experts. Chinese | Russian | Spanish GENEVA (18 May 2020) – As countries begin to ease recent restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of UN human rights experts* call on Governments and businesses to ensure all workers are protected from exposure to COVID-19.
Why the Coronavirus could prove catastrophic for freelancers… and everyone else. As a union official, I help to represent about 15,000 freelancers working in film and TV throughout Britain and Northern Ireland.
It’s an unusual job. Coronavirus and careers: Preparing pupils for the gig economy. A new economy that requires aspirational young people to effectively become captains of their own cottage industries will require schools to think very differently.
If pandemics are truly like wars, in speeding up pre-existing social trends, then we can expect the transition from open-plan office to remote working to continue apace. Although teleconferencing and hot-desking had hinted at a work-based evolution, it feels like we’ve suddenly been catapulted into 2030. The “fire and rehire” transition of salaried employees to outsourced contractors who work from home is another trend that is likely to accelerate as businesses cut costs to survive. Seen in those terms, the atomising effect of working from home is just the natural next step in the already well-advanced Uberisation of the workforce. The Gig Economy: your startup’s survival guide during coronavirus. If there’s one thing that the current coronavirus pandemic is showing, it’s that remote work can be done on a massive scale.
Remote working might be new for a lot of people but it’s the norm for about 11 million people in the EU currently working in the gig economy – the fastest growing segment in the EU labour market. It’s no longer seen as an alternative work option to supplement full-time jobs, but rather appreciated as a viable choice to earn a living, as well as provide a strategic source of global talent for startups and companies alike. According to the European Commission’s report on trends shaping the future of work in Europe, jobs are increasingly broken down into projects, meaning that more and more startups will be contracting freelancers for project-based support. During development phases and countless product iterations, freelancers can test out new ideas or change existing ones at minimal risk. Coronavirus: income supports for employers and employees in Ireland. Phase 2 of the scheme Phase 2, the 'operational phase', applies to Scheme submissions received by Revenue on or after 4 May 2020.
During the operational phase, the subsidy amount paid to employers will be based on each individual employee's ANWP and any additional gross payment (top-up) paid by the employer. ANWP for the purposes of the Scheme is based on January and February payroll submissions made by the employer to Revenue. Bonuses, commissions and other payments will be taken into account in the calculation of the ANWP if these were included as part of gross pay in the January and February payroll submissions. HRD Deep Dive: How has COVID reshaped the gig economy? - HRD. COVID-19: How governments can protect vulnerable workers. The Covid-19 crisis has prompted many governments to introduce unprecedented measures to contain the pandemic, which has led to economic sectors being shut down temporarily.
The most affected sectors are principally services (such as tourism), those involving contact between consumers and service providers (such as restaurants and entertainment activities), and construction. With the possible exception of construction, these are sectors where activity is likely to remain affected for some time, even as economies slowly recover from widespread shutdowns.
Protecting workers in affected sectors, especially those most vulnerable to income losses and those with limited social protection, is an important step towards mitigating adverse distributional effects of the Covid-19 crisis. How many non-standard workers are there? Figure 1 Non-standard workers in activities most affected by containment measures across European OECD countries (percent of employment in respective sectors, 2018) References. Covid-19 and its impact on the gig economy. They have been deemed "essential workers" during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the people who work in the gig economy, delivering food to our doors, do not enjoy the same employment benefits as other workers.
It is an anxious time for all workers but more so for so-called 'gig workers' who do not have the security of a steady pay cheque at the best of times, and whose work brings them in contact with others, putting them at risk of transmission. The restaurant sector has been decimated as a result of the crisis, with a lot of restaurants, which perhaps would not have traditionally offered a delivery service, joining platforms like Just Eat and Deliveroo. Just Eat said it has seen a 50% increase in couriers that have delivered an order in recent weeks and in the month of March, courier applications to the platform increased by 80%.
Employment rights after coronavirus #3: What Covid-19 means for the gig economy. How can gig workers face the COVID-19 challenges? COVID-19 will force governments to show their hands on the gig economy. COVID-19 has shown us both how reliant we are on gig workers, and how vulnerable such workers are in major crises.
After the crisis is over, policymakers will have to decide whether the gig economy and its ecosystem is something to be championed, or something to be managed via further regulations. COVID-19 is undoubtedly a major event in global affairs, and one that will have a lasting impact on a number of industries. One sector which has seen much scrutiny is the gig economy, for two key reasons. COVID19 Report Final. (Dis)embeddedness and (de)commodification: COVID-19, Uber, and the unravelling logics of the gig economy - Srujana Katta, Adam Badger, Mark Graham, Kelle Howson, Funda Ustek-Spilda, Alessio Bertolini, 2020. Introduction Over the past decade, the world has seen a mushrooming of digital labour platforms in sectors ranging from transportation and logistics to care work, pet-sitting, and more.
These ‘gig’ companies digitally match self-employed service providers with customers, setting the price and commission in the process. In doing so, the companies look to create an artificial distance between their platforms and the labour of service delivery, positioning themselves as ‘technology companies’ and ‘digital marketplaces’ in the business of connecting people, rather than taxi or delivery companies. Using this status, platforms tend to classify gig workers as ‘independent contractors’ rather than ‘employees’, depriving them of employment protections like minimum wages and sick pay. Germany English report. Coronavirus: Low paid, gig economy workers to be hardest hit, warns union. Low paid workers and those in the “gig” economy who are affected by the corona virus will be particularly hit hard by the “anaemic” system of social protection in Ireland, a leading trade unionist has said. Speaking at a conference in Dublin, Siptu researcher Michael Taft said Ireland did not have a pay-related system of benefits for those who became ill but rather a flat-rate payment of just over €200.
“Our system is based on poverty amelioration rather than actual social protection”, he said. Mr Taft said workers in companies that did not have a sick plan, who contracted the coronavirus or who had to self isolate would have to rely on the State’s illness benefit system. “First you have to wait six days. You have to go for a week with no pay if you don’t have an employer sick pay scheme.
“Secondly the level at which illness benefit is paid is about €200 per week. I was a gig economy employee with a virus who couldn't afford to self-isolate. Many years ago, I was at a house party in San Francisco when I began to feel distinctly unwell, headachy, and woozy, and icy cold despite the sweaty heat created in a crowded room in winter.
By the time I returned home, I was barely functional, and spent a hideous, feverish night drifting in and out of hallucinatory dreams, shivering and aching, head pounding. By morning, the fever had broken and I was weak, but much better, and grateful for a long weekend of rest before returning midweek to my freelance teaching job at a Bay Area college. A few days later, my best friend, a doctor, leaned across the kitchen table, peering at my head. “Did you know you have red bumps on your neck?” I didn’t.