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Parasol announces first ever Young Contractor of the Year

Shining a spotlight on young contractors around the UK, Parasol announced IT professional, Lauren Farmer, as the winner of its inaugural Young Contractor of the Year Awards on Wednesday 18th August.


The YoCo (an abbreviation of ‘Young Contractor’) Awards are a national competition recently created for millennials between the ages of 16-34. It celebrates those who have opted to pursue contracting and freelancing in search of greater professional freedom, whilst shunning the traditional nine to five.


Entrants were asked to submit a short 100-word summary of their career, outlining key achievements to date; Parasol then selected four impressive finalists and put the award’s fate to a public vote.  Rotherham local Farmer rose to the top as the public’s favourite and scooped the £500 cash prize, owing to a strong family focused WorkStyle.


The self-taught IT support analyst was made redundant two weeks before learning she was pregnant with her second child. She chose to re-evaluate her career during an extended maternity leave, ultimately deciding to embark on a career in contracting.


Farmer (pictured) said, “I started contracting in November 2015.


“I was worried that I would be spending all my time at work away from my children with no reward at the end of it. Thanks to contracting, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. I have even managed to take my daughters to Disneyworld, all thanks to becoming a contractor.”


James Lawton-Hill, marketing director of Parasol, commented, “Getting started in the contracting world can be pretty daunting for most, but to take the leap after a two-year maternity break is truly commendable and Lauren should be extremely proud of her achievement. Her WorkStyle should act as a positive example for any working parent who’d like flexibility and the chance to enjoy more time with their family or young children.


“I’d also like to thank all participants for helping to make our first annual Awards so successful. We’ve really enjoyed reading through the submissions and it’s great to learn that so many millennial contractors are taking their career by the reigns, steering themselves into a better future with a rewarding WorkStyle.”


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