Uber’s Supreme Court loss over drivers’ rights does not have implications for food delivery drivers, MCA has been told.

The court decision, which finds that Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed, and therefore entitled to holiday pay and minimum wage, is predicted to have wider implications for the gig economy.

However MCA understands that Uber does not believe that the judgement relates to couriers on Uber Eats, as food delivery is a different industry, and couriers have the right of substitution where someone else can turn up to work on their behalf.

The landmark verdict at the Supreme Court is the latest in a series of battles over the employment status of people employed in the gig economy.

In 2018, Deliveroo settled a six-figure sum out of court with 50 riders, who argued they had been unlawfully denied the legal minimum wage and paid holiday.

In December 2020, Just Eat announced it will offer couriers pay by the hour rather than per job, meaning they will earn at least the national minimum wage, as well as pension contributions, holiday pay, sick pay and maternity or paternity pay.