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Freelancers are fastest growing sector of European market says report

This represents a rise of 45% since 2004.

The research by the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP), entitled & lsquo;Future Working: The rise of Europe’s Independent Professionals’ was conducted by Professor Patricia Leighton from the University of Glamorgan and launched at an event hosted by Phil Bennion MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels last night (Tues Nov 5th).

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at PCG, the UK’s largest membership association for freelancers and one of the founding members of EFIP said, “This report proves conclusively that freelancing is the fastest growing sector of the European labour market. More importantly, it contains important recommendations for policy makers, businesses and freelancers themselves as we enter this brave new world of working.”

Professor Leighton’s report stresses the importance of ensuring iPros are sufficiently researched and identified in national and EU data, along with identifying the need for policy makers to recognise the contribution of iPros to economies.

According to Simon McVicker, the research is a clear call for decision-makers to consider the specific needs of iPros and start tailoring policies accordingly.

He said, “The importance of recognising this important, powerful and expanding group and the huge contributions they make to economies across Europe cannot be overstated. Considering how vital this sector is becoming, it is crucial for decision-makers to take on board the recommendations from this report.

“The way we work is changing and unless policy, legislation and business practices change with it, we risk clipping the wings of the very sector of our workforce best placed to create growth and prosperity for our collective economy.”


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