Think Tent 2017: Gig Economy – Seeing the wood for the trees


  • 03/10/2017
    14:30 - 15:45
Conservative Party Conference 2017

“Gig Economy – Seeing the wood for the trees”

The continuously expanding gig economy has caused great controversy, with several firms making headlines almost daily. Critics argue that worker’s rights are being undermined and the recently published Taylor Review puts forward recommendations to rebalance the relationship between workers and employers.

The report however, overlooks the changing nature of employment. The new gig economy has blurred the old regulatory distinction between employment and self-employment. Companies are innovating to allow workers to escape the restrictions of traditional employment regulations, giving individuals greater control over how and when they want to work.

Will imposing new regulations on the gig economy stifle growth and ultimately hurt both workers and consumers? How can the Government ensure it enables an environment for modern employment practices to flourish?


  • Patrick Gallagher, CEO, CitySprint

  • Charlie Elphicke MP

  • Christian May, Editor, City AM (Chair)

  • Carole Woodhead, CEO, Hermes

  • Giles Watling MP

Please note this event is held in the Secure Zone. A Conference pass is necessary to attend.

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