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Acas report reveals that half of UK workers think that gig working will remain the same over the year ahead

Wednesday 06 February 2019

A new report from workplace experts, Acas, has revealed that nearly half of workers (49%) believe that the use of gig workers will stay about the same in the year ahead.

The new Acas study looks at policy thinking on the quality of work and productivity. It includes a YouGov poll that asked workers about the key issues for their workplaces and working lives over 2019.

Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said: 

"Matthew Taylor's Review on modern working practices provoked a lot of debate around what good work should look like and our poll reveals that around half of employees feel that the use of gig workers will stay about the same in the year ahead.

"Whilst there's been a lot of activity to help promote the benefits of flexible working, our study shows that six out of ten workers think flexible working arrangements will stay about the same in 2019.

"Brexit is the main topic that's in the headlines at the moment, which is understandable. But interestingly it is not a major concern amongst UK workers who took part in our poll. Two thirds are confident that their workplaces can get people with the right skills after the UK leaves the European Union."

The poll found that:

  • The majority of workers (63%) think that flexible working arrangements will stay about the same in the year ahead; and
  • Around two thirds (65%) of workers are confident that their workplace will be able to hire people with the right skills after the UK has left the European Union.

The full policy paper Can work be both productive and good? includes further findings and is available here:

Acas is part of the Government's flexible working taskforce, which aims to improve opportunities for flexible working.

Notes to editors

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