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