Uber faces a further court battle later in October against drivers who have claimed further workplace rights from the company. Uber has maintained its drivers are self-employed.
An Uber spokesman said: “We continue to invest in expanding across the UK with more than five million riders and 60,000 licensed drivers now using our app. Over the last year we’ve introduced a number of improvements for both passengers and drivers, from 24/7 telephone support to free sickness, injury, maternity and paternity protections.”
Meanwhile, Airbnb, an online holiday booking platform and fellow US tech giant, reported it had boosted revenues at its UK-based company. Airbnb Payments Ltd, which accounts for sales of all Airbnb’s operations outside of the US, China and India, recorded revenues of $280m (£213m) last year, up from $194m.
Like Uber, Airbnb is also targeting an initial public offering in 2019. It recorded international profits of $1.2m and paid $282,000 of UK corporation tax.