Political uncertainty 'puts contractors on the hiring agenda'

The general election resulting in a hung parliament underlines the need to shore-up conditions for workers who can help businesses navigate the politically-induced uncertainty.

Speaking after the unexpected election result, the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association said whoever occupies No 10 in the coming weeks needs to prioritise atypical workers.

“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,” the FCSA said.

“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.”

Julia Kermode, chief executive of FCSA, pointed out that contractors offer a high-level of skills without burdening businesses with the “costs and risks that come with hiring” permanent members of staff.

On top of their lesser imposition in terms maternity/paternity rights (and their exemption from holiday pay and sick pay) such self-employed workers can also “hit the ground running” to be available to businesses on a ‘a needs basis.’

Ms Kermode added: “MPs should recognise that such workers are key to keeping the economy steady as we face a turbulent time ahead.”

Jun 13, 2017