Today, more than ever, we want to see the political parties co-operating and working together to bring economic security. Brexit has left the UK facing enough uncertainty and today’s result will have added to that insecurity.
However, we know that the Government needs to be in situ by June 19th when the Queen’s speech takes place but whichever leader moves into No 10 we would urge them to put employment and self-employment issues at the top of the agenda in its mission to create that all-important stability.
During uncertain times we know that freelancers and contractors are key to the economy and they need to be allowed to work and thrive without the shackles of red tape and burdensome legislation that holds them back. There are some 4.8m self-employed freelancers, contractors, interims and consultants choosing to work self-employed in the UK today. These workers offer experience, expertise and knowledge and businesses can glean the benefits without committing themselves to all the costs (and risks) that come with hiring a full-time employee, such as NI contributions, holiday pay, sickness pay, maternity/paternity rights. What’s more, flexible workers can hit the ground running to be available to businesses on an ‘as needs basis’ and MPs should recognise that such workers are key to keeping the economy steady as we face a turbulent time ahead.