1. In the UK, the backbone of the food industry is takeaway and deliveries. This takeaway business depends almost entirely on the gig economy because fixed salaried workers cost too much due to the very high minimum wage.
2. This means that the job goes to the delivery boys, who are self-employed or freelancers. They earn a commission per delivery, rather than a fixed wage.
3. In Malaysia, the gig economy is beginning to become popular over the past few years with the rise of digital platforms that create marketplaces to connect service providers with customers.
4. This also provides an abundance of income opportunities for freelancers. However, there is much to be done to ensure that no exploitation occurs.
5. While self-employment means you are not the employee of the company, and that it also means you do not get the benefit of protection under the minimum wage law, workers still need to be offered justice and fairness and be ensured they are not exploited.
6. Other things such as EPF, SOCSO, medical benefits, paid leave, etc., will be denied for freelance or self-employed workers. If they suffer an accident or get sick they will not receive any income. They get paid only when they work and there is no law to say how much they must be paid.
7. The government must also ensure that gig workers are not being paid too low as a means to avoid having to pay the minimum wage to fixed workers.