The Supreme Court has confirmed that Uber drivers are workers and not independent contractors. It emphasised that, regardless of what is written into the contractual arrangement, how the arrangement works in practice is key and the tight control which Uber retains over the service performed by the drivers indicates worker status. Whilst the decision itself is not surprising, given how it follows the decisions of the earlier courts, what will be interesting to see is the impact which it has upon the gig economy generally. With worker status comes various statutory rights, from minimum wage to rest breaks and paid holiday. This will inevitably increase costs for businesses that use gig economy workers at a time when such organisations are already feeling the effects of Brexit and the pandemic.
Uber drivers are workers not self-employed, Supreme Court rules