David Cameron behind freelancers

Thursday 25 November 2010

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, has praised the courage and role that freelancers play in enriching the economy and the British way of life.

Writing on National Freelancer Day, 23rd November, he said

“I can’t tell you how much admiration I have for people who leave the comfort of a regular wage to strike out on their own. It takes a lot of courage –and without that courage this country would be a much poorer place.

He went on saying:

“The 1.4million freelancers in our country make a massive contribution to our economy. More and more people are choosing freelancing, recognising that it strikes the right balance between work and life in the 21st century, and as we go for economic growth this Government is getting right behind them.”

The message of support comes in a week when a specially commissioned survey by PCG and carried out by ComRes showed that nearly three-quarters (73%) of the 1,624 polled had actively chosen to become freelancers as a long-term career option.

John Brazier, Managing Director of PCG said:

“What an inspiring endorsement from the Prime Minister. He has underlined the importance of this sector. Freelancers bring talent, skills and flexibility to the market place. The results of our poll confirm that more and more people see freelancing as a conscious career choice and it is encouraging to see in the poll that their worth, skill and flexibility is appreciated and seen as a necessity by businesses throughout the UK.”

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s support for National Freelancers Day, Martin Hesketh, managing director of Brookson, said:

“I am pleased that the Prime Minister has acknowledged the value that freelancers bring to the UK economy and the PCG deserves credit for securing this response for the industry.

“Ultimately, however, this support and recognition for freelancers needs to show itself in government policy.

“Legislation such as the Agency Workers’ Directive will, in my opinion, have a negative impact on freelancers and this shows that the government has to work hard to understand and support the freelance sector.

“The Office of Tax Simplification’s review of IR35 is a great opportunity for this government to demonstrate that its views regarding freelancers are appropriately reflected in policy and I urge the government not to waste this chance to demonstrate its commitment to the 1.4 million freelancers currently working in the UK.”

source: www.enterprisefreelancefair.co.uk  

By Victoria McDonnell

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