Shadow economic secretary endorses National Freelancers Day
The day celebrates the work and contribution of independent professionals.
Organised by PCG, the membership association for freelancers, contractors and entrepreneurs, the day will highlight the rise of freelancing in recent years and the contributions independent professionals make to the UK economy.
McKinnell said, “Freelancers play an increasingly prominent part in creating economic growth and prosperity. I am therefore pleased to add my backing to National Freelancers Day which recognises the really important contribution freelancers make to UK plc.”
The keynote speaker at National Freelancers Day will be businesswoman and Apprentice star, Karren Brady. Karren will be joined by a high-profile panel of experts for a & lsquo;Question Time’ style debate discussing the impact of flexible working on the economy.
The panel includes political editor of the Sunday Times, Isabel Oakeshott and LBC’s Nick Ferrari along with John Glen MP and BBC financial and business expert Liz Barclay. Countdown star and current Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Rachel Riley, is also endorsing the day.
Simon McVicker, director of Policy and Public Affairs, said, “There are 1.75 million freelancers in the UK today contributing more than £88 billion to the economy. The number of people choosing to work in this way has risen by 82% in the last ten years and National Freelancers Day is the perfect opportunity to recognise and appreciate the contribution of this important group.
“The fact that an important Shadow Minister like Catherine McKinnell has endorsed the day shows policy makers are beginning to recognise that freelancers need to be considered when shaping economic policies for the future.”