“The future of working is well and truly here,” states the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). “National Freelancers Day is all about celebrating and embracing those brave individuals who strike out on their own.”
Forget that today is the birthday of Charles the 1st of England or that on this day in 1990 Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy for not actually being able to sing, November the 19th is National Freelancers Day! Contractors and freelancers can celebrate their contracting careers today as the IPSE hosts another epoch to applaud those who are out there fighting for themselves in the business world.
“Record numbers of people are opting for the flexibility that freelancing provides,” Chris Bryce, the Chief Executive of IPSE continued, “Not only does freelancing enhance the quality of life of the vast majority of those who work in this way, it also boosts the bottom line of UK plc to the tune of more than £95bn every year.”
National Freelancers Day
Many believe that National Freelancers Day plays a pivotal role in drafting attention towards the contracting industry. Industry professionals consider the numbers involved in freelance or contracting work to not just match, but rival the public sector workforce “as a constituency that the political establishment must court.”
Others say that National Freelancers Day renews interest and puts contracting back on the employment map, reminding those interested in freelance or contracting work that working life can be flexible but also plays a huge part in keeping Britain afloat during tough financial times.
For National Freelancers day, there are some major events up and down the country. The headline event is in the heart of East London’s Tech City, with a debate broadcaster Sue Lawley will be hosting and a panel including radio presenter Nick Ferrari, Entrepreneur Emma Jones MBE, Members of Parliament Nick Boles and Toby Perkins with the keynote speaker being authoritative financial journalist Declan Curry.
From 6pm, contractors and freelancers in Manchester and Edinburgh can watch a live feed of the debate and goings-on while posting questions to the panel over drinks and canapés.
The “expert panel will discuss the implications of the rise of self-employment on policy making for the next government”, states the IPSE.
Various other attributes will also be discussed, including the issues that “independent professionals face”, such as late payment and the number of younger players in the freelancing and contracting market.
Not far ahead of 2015’s general election, this is an exciting time for politically aware or active contractors, many of whom are urging politicians from all parties to evaluate what they intend to give independent professionals in terms of deserved support.