By Jonathan London on 15th January 2015

Freelancers join forces in a bid to see employment benefits

While we are well aware of the benefits of freelancing – from flexible working to having the freedom to choose your projects – there are, of course, a few factors which aren’t so favourable.

One of the most significant areas in which freelancers are not fully supported is when it comes to sickness. While those who are in full-time employment have a statutory sick pay and most businesses have their own policies as well to support their staff, should you become ill and unable to work as a freelancer, you will not receive any pay to compensate for this unplanned time off.

As the number of people who are choosing to become self-employed is consistently increasing with a total of 4.5 million in the UK now falling into this category – check out our new infographic for more information on the timeline of self-employment– it is undoubtedly alarming that so many are not supported when they fall ill.

However, according to a new report from the Guardian, more and more freelancers are joining forces to demand that political action is taken to ensure that their working conditions are improved and that areas in which they do not feel supported are taken into consideration.

This union of freelancers is being made possible through the European Freelancers Movement who state that: Freelancers and independent professionals are a growing and vital part of the European workforce and economy. Politicians at all levels of government need to understand and address this important demographic.…

Within its manifesto, the European Freelancers Movement wants businesses and the government to recognise freelancers in their own right by giving them an official status, as well as giving them a voice to allow them the chance to be heard. It also calls for freelancers to be treated fairly so that contracts are ethical and that pay is received on time.

The European Freelancers Movement states that freelancers should be given access to all government services, bid for official contracts, access training programs and qualify for funding…. It also highlights a very significant point by asking that freelancers are included in official statistics and that the actual demographic itself is looked at and studied more so that they are distinguished within their own right and not as a form of small business.

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Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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