The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a wide-ranging inquiry to examine whether the UK welfare and pension systems adequately support the growing numbers of self-employed and gig economy workers, and how it might be adapted to suit their needs.
The inquiry will look at areas including Universal Credit and other working-age benefits, pensions, and labour market participation.
The so-called 'gig economy' has come to prominence over recent months with high profile issues over the hours, pay and conditions of workers in large online courier and cab services like Hermes, Deliveroo, Amazon and Uber.
A total of nearly five million people are now self-employed according to latest ONS and Labour Force Survey figures - but it is thought the number of people working in the gig economy could mean this number is much higher than the official employment statistics capture.
The WPC said, while low pay in self-employment is much higher than in conventional work, self-employed workers can experience considerable variations in pay from month-to-month, and the increase in numbers of self-employed workers has been mirrored by a decline in the numbers contributing to pensions.
WPC chairman Frank Field MP said: "The labour market is changing very quickly: self-employment, uncertain hours, insecure short-term contracts and gig work are becoming ever more prevalent. We will be investigating the extent to which the welfare system can adapt to these challenges and what may need to change."
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