Firms exploiting workers in the so-called gig economy suffered a huge blow today after the Court of Appeal ruled that refusal to pay the minimum wage, sick pay, holiday pay and other entitlements is unlawful.

The case involved food courier company Stuart Delivery, whose corporate clients include Pizza Hut, JustEat, McDonald’s, KFC, Nespresso and Ocado, was brought independently by courier Warren Augustine.

An employment tribunal in London in April 2018 ruled that Mr Augustine was entitled to employment rights despite being classified as an “independent contractor” by the company.