It has been widely publicised that the new off-payroll working rules (otherwise known as IR35) are coming into force on 6 April 2020. These changes mean that employers will now have to assess whether a contractor, providing services through a personal service company, should be taxed as if they are an employee. This will not, however, give them employee status for other employment considerations.
A report recently undertaken by three labour market economists has found that 44% of workers on zero-hours contracts would like more working hours. In addition, and in contrast to the "flexibility" argument often put forward in support of the use of zero-hours contracts, only 28% of those surveyed saw flexibility as the basis for entering into one.