Charity warns of employers classifying workers as self-employed

The Citizens Advice Bureau has warned that 'bogus' self-employment is a hidden and growing problem in Britain's labour market, depriving the government of tax revenue and workers of their right to sick pay and the minimum wage. The share of workers who are self-employed has risen to about 15% since the financial crisis, and surveys suggest most of them enjoy the independence. But a report from Citizens Advice says 'unscrupulous employers' are labelling their workers as self-employed contractors to avoid employment rights and national insurance contributions. A CAB survey of almost 500 of its self-employed clients found that one in 10 would probably be considered employees in a court of law. Its advisers reported an 18% increase over the past year in the number of people asking for help to determine their employment status.


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