UK ECONOMIC RECOVERY DRIVEN BY HARDWORKING CONTRACTORS, SAYS JULIA KERMODE
Interestingly, the Labour party has started saying it must reach out to self-employed, with their 'Red Shift' group believing the party is doomed to failure unless it adapts to the new world of working people
They have acknowledged that the world of work has dramatically altered with increasing number of people choosing to work flexibly, naming 'mum-preneurs' and Uber drivers as examples
We will be monitoring to see whether this 'Red Shift' movement gathers momentum and delivers Labour policies that will truly support the self-employed
Of course, most politicians wax lyrical about the value of the flexible workforce
And yet, despite political recognition, we are now faced with a barrage of initiatives that have the potential to significantly impact on the same hardworking individuals that Government claim to support
All of us involved in supporting freelancers and contractors are spending the summer unpicking the nuances of the onslaught, deciphering technicalities to establish the true impact of proposals on the workforce
Earlier today I felt defeated by it all, and started to wonder what the point is
I believe that Government does value the flexible workforce, at least the MPs I meet with certainly do
However, the reality is that there are many complexities within our sector and the mechanics of engaging the flexible workforce are not straight forward
It can be difficult enough for so-called 'experts' to grasp the finer points, let alone MPs and civil servants
So that leaves us to educate and help them understand
We all have a responsibility to use the raft of opportunities to point out unintended consequences, even if it seems like hard work and that we are repeating the usual messages
Otherwise, we risk endangering the very workforce which is so important to UK prosperity and our future
- Julia Kermode, CEO of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association
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