A London plumber has won a legal battle for workers’ rights in the latest court ruling affecting freelance employees in the UK.
The Court of Appeal in London agreed that Gary Smith, a self-employed worker with Pimlico Plumbers, was entitled to holiday and sick pay and other benefits even though the court judged he was technically self-employed.
The decision could have an important impact at a time when self-employment is estimated to account for 45 per cent of UK jobs created since the 2007-08 financial crisis.
The judgment follows similar rulings against Uber, the ride-hailing company and CitySprint bike couriers, where freelance employees successfully took actions to secure full workers’ rights.
Mr Smith’s case centred on whether individuals engaged as self-employed contractors should be classed as workers.