Hermes offers ‘self-employed-plus’ employment status

The UK arm of Hermes and the GMB have agreed a new form of contract for its self-employed couriers – the ‘self-employed-plus’ category which offers holiday pay and guaranteed earnings.

The Hermes self-employed-plus category of worker offers up to 28 days a year holiday pay, individually negotiated pay rates of a minimum of £8.55 an hour. They are also to be recognised as part of the GMB should they join, allowing for collective bargaining.

Martijn de Lange, Hermes UK CEO, said, “This new option allows couriers to retain the flexibility of self-employment we know is so important to them and gives them the certainty of guaranteed levels of earning, the security of holiday pay and a strong voice.

“We’re proud to be leading the way with this pioneering development which we hope will encourage other companies to reflect on the employment models they use.

“We have listened to our couriers and are wholeheartedly committed to offering innovative ways of working to meet peoples’ differing needs.”

The GMB statement said, “As a result of the agreement, couriers will have a real voice in their workplace as well as the right to holiday pay and guaranteed pay, something GMB Union has long been campaigning for on behalf of our members.”

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said: “This is an opt-in model and will not affect those couriers who wish to retain their current form of self-employed status and earn premium rates, as has been the case for the past 20 years. “

“Hermes is leading the way, looking after the people who work for you on the ground day in, day out, is not only good for business but the right thing to do.

“As a result of our groundbreaking agreement, couriers will have a real voice in their workplace as well as the right to holiday pay and guaranteed pay, something GMB Union has long been campaigning for on behalf of our members.

“Full credit to Hermes. They’re showing that the gig economy doesn’t have to be an exploitative economy and we look forward to working with them through this groundbreaking agreement. Other employers should take notice, this is how it’s done.”

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