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Friday 14 July 2017

*New Research* Taylor review: raft of potential tech opportunities

Matthew Taykor, report authorEarlier this week, the UK Government published ‘Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’ (commissioned by Government and written by Matthew Taylor, pictured). You can read the tome here, and, it is indeed worth a read, because technology runs as a theme throughout: as a key driver of the review, as a solution to many of the issues raised, and as something that needs to be handled with care.

Firstly, technology was one of the key drivers of the review. The Gig Economy, which has broad meaning but has become synonymous with the likes of Uber and Deliveroo, i.e. people using apps to sell their labour, has given rise to new business and employment models. This new way of working has raised questions about the suitability of current employment law in addressing the needs of people working within those models. In addition, still Government needs to understand with more certainty how many people are working in the gig-economy (and how many are doing it just to supplement other work); that’s going to require a focus on reliable data and analytics.

Secondly, technology is highlighted as a solution to many of the issues raised, i.e. ensuring that all workers, regardless of the type of employment they are in, are treated fairly and decently, and “with a realistic scope for development and fulfilment”. Here, ICT providers should be able to identify a fair number of opportunities.... Read more here...

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '11:26'