How gig economy compromises health and wellbeing of workers

Opinium surveyed 500 non-permanent workers and 100 business leaders on the behalf of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to examine the experiences of workers employed or hired in the UK economy.

A greater level of care is received by permanent, full-time employees in comparison to those on zero-hours or temporary contracts our survey shows.

Most working people in the UK economy (64%) are in full-time employment, however, the UK economy’s reputation for flexibility has been earned in part by the growing “gig economy”. This flexibility can cause some employers “to transfer risk to, and exert control over, workers”.

The IOSH-Opinium survey found gig economy workers, temps and workers on zero-hours contracts reported receiving fewer protections for their health and wellbeing at work than their permanent, full-time colleagues.

Some other key findings from the survey found that 43% are working without holiday pay – with many relinquishing holiday to ensure they are paid. Furthermore, 25% of respondents are working unpaid overtime and a third of non-permanent workers have access to occupational health support compared with 54% of their permanent colleagues. Of those who took the survey, there was strong support for an up-front agreement between them and their employer with 89% saying that parity on workplace precautions for health and wellbeing as the most important.

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