The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has today commented on the release of Matthew Taylor’s review to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models: Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices.
Graham Vidler, Director of External Affairs, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, commented:
“Almost five million people or 15% of the UK workforce identify as self-employed. This has grown 25% in the last ten years at the same time as pension saving among self-employed people has fallen precipitously1.
“New rights for those working in the gig economy are welcome and Government needs to provide clarity around dependent contractors and automatic enrolment. Dependent contractors should be treated as workers for the purposes of automatic enrolment and be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension. Government now has a window in which to address this.
“Failing to take these steps could accidentally create different classes of worker: those with automatic access to workplace pension saving and an employer contribution and those without. This is a long-term problem which we have the opportunity to remedy now.”
Footnote 1 - Number of self-employed people – Office of National Statistics – Labour Force Survey – June 2017 (4.8 Million)
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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