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FCSA Defend Latest Attack On Freelancers

FCSA Defend Latest Attack On Freelancers

In response to the attack on BBC freelancers, Stuart Davis, Chairman of the FCSA says:

& lsquo;The latest attack on freelance workers, this time at the BBC, demonstrates a total lack of understanding of the flexible workforce and the contribution it makes to the British economy. There is nothing wrong or inappropriate for any employer, including the BBC to employ freelancers, if done properly, for the right reasons and where those concerned pay appropriate taxes. We would like to remind the Government and those who are criticising these employment arrangements, that freelance contracting work is undertaken by thousands of workers up and down the UK and is a legitimate and valuable way of working that benefits both employers and employees.

& lsquo;Employing freelancers gives the employer, in this case the BBC, considerable flexibility to hire workers as and when they are needed. It also means that the employer is not responsible for pension provision, paid holiday leave nor other associated benefits. A contractor or freelancer relinquishes these benefits, as well as the security of a salaried full time position in favour of flexibility. It is this flexible movement of people to go where and when their expertise is needed that boosts the competitive elements of the UK economy, which are recognised as necessary for recovery and growth. The key issue is compliance and all stakeholders in the supply chain are responsible for engaging correctly and appropriately.’

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