The minimum required? minimum wages and the self-employed

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D’Arcy, Conor
Resolution Foundation
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4 July 2017
People management: all aspects of managing people, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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The minimum wage revolutionised the lower end of the UK’s labour market, protecting employees from exploitation. But the self-employed – now one in seven of the workforce – are not entitled to the minimum wage.

This briefing note discusses extending the minimum wage legislation to help those who take work from firms or platforms and – crucially – don’t have control over the price they charge.

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