Another week , anoother "gig economy" story . This time it's the country's best known plumber up against one of his struggling workers who earned £80k a year but was not clever enough to take out a sickness policy from his gnereous earnings. Perhaps not such a common scenario but here's the bit that really really gets my goat.
The great unwashed British public love an apparent underdog story and don't let the facts get in the way. Asisde form my above point, there are many many small enterprises who rely on flexible working to survive and these tiddlers , and larger ones too, are the engine of our economy. Smash them and you smash UK plc.
So wherein lies the solution ? In my humble opinion there should be a dividing line between large companies and smaller ones. Larger ones can manage with less flexibility in their workforce, but if the facts on the ground are that if somebody who HMRC believes to be employed is paid a hefty premium to be "self employed" surely the remuneration that is part of that risk transfer shouts "self - employed" , but then again HMRC are as deaf as a post.