Theresa May has said that the British government will take the recommendations of a review into the so-called gig economy seriously, but that without a Commons majority, passing legislation would be difficult.
A government commissioned report headed by Matthew Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair, proposed a series of changes that could alter the way that companies, such as Uber and Deliveroo, pay their workers in Britain.
If implemented, policy recommendations in the report could force such employers to pay tax, holiday and sick pay, although the government could remain flexible on paying the minimum wage of £7.50 an hour for those over the age of 25.
But the UK Prime Minister, was unable to confirm that the report would not end up “gathering dust”, and acknowledged that she would have to rely on support from other parties in order to affect any change.
“I would hope that people across the political world will see the importance of addressing this as an issue,” she said.
She added: “This isn’t just about the here and now – it’s actually about the future of our economy.”