Uber employs over 70,000 drivers in the UK – E24

Uber employs 70,000 drivers in the UK after the Supreme Court ruled they were not considered self-employed.

The president of the UK’s Uber drivers’ union, Yaseen Islam, cheered when Britain’s Supreme Court recently ruled that drivers should be considered employees of the American company.

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For drivers, employment means that they are guaranteed the UK minimum wage, pension entitlements and paid vacations.

– This is the floor and not the roof, and drivers have the opportunity to earn more, the company stated in an announcement.

American Uber, which has established itself in a number of countries around the world, has never previously agreed to hire drivers who drive for them.

Uber stressed that UK drivers would further be categorized as “workers”, a separate category in UK working life that entails fewer rights and obligations than full-time employment.

However, a “worker” in the UK has contractual requirements for the minimum wage, which is currently £10.85 per hour in London and £9.50 in the rest of the UK.

Drivers also receive pension rights and are entitled to paid vacations, but have no notification period, according to Uber.

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