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Freelancers body calls for European Parliament to give Independent Professionals recognition

The document calls for proper recognition of the nine million Independent Professionals (iPros) now working across Europe and the vital and growing contribution they make to the European economy.

EFIP Patron John Niland, said, “EFIP believes that the next European Parliament needs to take bold steps to back iPros.

“Our research shows that independent working is the fastest growing sector of the European Labour Market. EU institutions must recognise that freelancing is a sustainable career, which despite the personal risk, is becoming an increasingly popular way of working in the 21st Century.”

Simon McVicker, director of Policy and Public Affairs at PCG, a founder member organisation of EFIP, said, “The number of people in business on their own account across Europe has increased by 45% over the last ten years. Despite this growth, iPros are still virtually invisible in academic literature.

“For too long policy makers have made traditional employees, SME’s and big business their focus without asking what impact policies might have on iPros. It is high time this vital way of working is included in the social conversation. In fact, until Independent Professionals are recognised, policy makers are failing in their duty to represent every aspect of the European workforce.”

“Independent Professionals deliver growth, flexibility and mitigation of risk for European businesses large and small. In 2014, discussing the economic landscape without including them in the debate fails to acknowledge the vital role they can play in the future success of our economy.”

The EFIP Manifesto calls for recognition for Independent Professionals to be demonstrated by:

&middot         Improved access to training and services

&middot         Visibility in official statistics and data

&middot         Better regulation that specifically considers the unique needs of iPros

&middot         The appointment of an iPro Envoy to champion independent working

&middot         Assistance for iPros to help businesses thrive


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