It’s fair to say that the general election didn’t go as some anticipated it would – first and foremost prime minister Theresa May.
But as May and members of the Conservative party sit down with representatives of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Part – DUP for short – with the aim of establishing a deal to create a minority government, the political situation in the UK at present seems far from certain.
A contractor association is therefore calling for the major political parties to work quickly to help stabilise things as soon as possible in order to benefit the UK work force.
As statement from the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) reads: “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 (the election) result will have added to that insecurity.”
Whatever make up the new government has, it needs to be in place by 19th June, when the Queen will address the nation.
“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 says.
With around 4.8 million contractors, self-employed freelancers, interims and consultant working in the UK today, the FCSA is calling on MPs to recognise the positive impact such workers have on the UK economy.
“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,” the statement reads
The FCSA stresses that contractors and freelancers offer experience, expertise and knowledge, and can meet specific needs that companies have in this tricky times
“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,” the FCSA adds. “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.”