The British government is concerned about the income of freelancers

In the gigantic economy of the UK, about 25% of employees receive a salary below the minimum. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

It turned out that about 700 thousand people earn less than the mandatory £7.5 per hour. As a rule, such people work in courier services, in the taxi services and other self-employed professions. In total, until August 2017, about 2.8 million people worked for themselves. Among them: individual entrepreneurs, and freelancers. Some used freelancing as additional earnings to the main job. Of these, about 42% worked for courier companies, 37% - on websites such as Task Rabbit, and another 28% looked for money using services similar to Uber.

The chairman of the Commons work and pensions select committee, Frank Field, said that these figures show significant changes in the country's economy. Now work in the format of self-employment has become a "serious force", undermining the principles of the national subsistence minimum.

However, such forms of work are not always useful for people. As an example, the case of courier Don Lane, who suffered from diabetes. At the age of 53, he died right at work, as he was afraid to be fined £150 for leaving for the hospital. Opponents of the current government from the Labor Party used this case as an example of the inability of the government to establish order in the sphere of remuneration of workers.

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