In October 2016, Matthew Taylor was appointed to lead an independent review into modern employment in the UK. The resulting “Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices,” published in July, considered the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations and how to address future challenges facing the UK labour market. At press time, it is unclear how or whether any of the recommendations will make their way into legislation.
Taylor is the CEO for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Previously, he was the chief adviser on political strategy to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Other roles include Labour Party director of policy and deputy general secretary and chief executive of the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s leading left-of-centre think tank.