Career Focus: Will The Taylor Report changes affect your rights?

The Taylor Report updates proposed in 2017, and no doubt affected by Brexit which already indicates European Law changes to UK choices, will affect most employees working to contract or on contract to a company if you are self-employed.  Apparently, these changes are to help UK employees and businesses work together more effectively and helpfully – mutual benefit and avoiding employees being taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers.

I heard about it via an email into my inbox a couple of weeks ago from a long term contact whose business it is to help larger businesses manage staff problems and employment issues, so thought I’d also share it as relevant career information too.

The first change is from ‘worker’ to ‘dependent contractor’ that is likely to have little practical effect other than changes to wording

This wording will also include self-employed contractors too – what is the impact?  Perhaps none, but apparently for tax reasons this helps companies but as self-employed pay their own tax the impact could be different

The third point is that contracts must be issued on day one of the employee starting work – and this hasn’t always been the case, although why has never been clear to me.

Holiday pay to be “rolled up” which means it will be paid as it is accrued which for companies will be easier and may be easier for employees to manage too.

After a year zero-hour contract employees can ask for a ‘dependent worker’ contract i.e. employee.   This will have the effect, no doubt, that companies do not employ people longer term, to continue to avoid the contract they don’t want or cannot commit to.  I don’t like such contracts and believe they are not healthy or helpful for ‘workers’ at all!  And they don’t help the employment situation but could help statistics if people are ’employed’ on one I guess.

Further Reading:


Aims of the Taylor Report & Indicators of Quality Work


Via newsletter from who are business support for legal employment issues in Greater Manchester.   Their post here

The Taylor Report pdf has a lot of helpful, interesting information on employment developments and considerations.  But if you can’t read it all or struggle to understand some legal and jargonistic aspects, even the headings and quotes give you hints on which parts to read more about for your particular interest and focus.   

Real Business report on the changes coming