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This type of work – made famous by Uber, Deliveroo and parcel delivery companies – is defined as short-term work, freelance or self-employment.

Instead of a regular wage, workers are paid for the ‘gigs’ they complete. It is estimated that almost five million people are employed in this capacity.

These jobs enjoy none of the status of full-time contractual work; no sick pay, no pension contributions and no obligation to pay the national living wage.