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£145 BILLION – Thanks to YOU!

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RSS 03 July 2019
If the UK government wrote you a note, this is what they would say - “Thanks to YOU, we have an extra 145 billion in bank. Thanks again.”

Who are YOU exactly? It is you who is the hard working freelancer who works from an office or works from home.

You are part of the freelance revolution and you read Freelance Supermarket on a weekly basis. You sit around on a hot summers day in your underwear and you really don't care.

"I'm just going to sit in front of this fan, all day, in my pants, and I really don't care," you say.

Yes it is you. The freelancer who is contributing £145 billion pounds to the British economy, this is according to a new report by Hudson Contracts.

What they found is that 2.1 million people in the UK would consider themselves as "freelance," which is nearly half of the self employed people.

Why are you, the freelancer, so valuable? Because you are highly skilled but flexible, says the report, and you trade your expertise to companies of all sizes so they can be competitive in an ever changing marketplace.

The report goes on to look closer at the freelance economy, with 72% of the freelance work being project based, while 15% is gig based and 12% is portfolio based.

At the end of the report there is a call for the government to take action and protect vulnerable freelancers, especially those doing lower skilled work and who may only just be getting by.

Here at Freelance Supermarket we would like to join forces and hold hands with Hudson Contracts and also call for the government to "pull your finger out."

We would also like to call upon esteemed freelance organisations such as IPSE and CIF to join us and Hudson Contracts in motivating the government to take action.

It's okay IPSE, we have forgiven you about the awards thing. We have put that in the past so we can move forward, together, as one.

And CIF...you are still our favourite creative federation for freelancers, and we salute you for your hard work and willingness to put a bit of elbow grease to make sure freelancers can shine and get paid what they are deserved. You are determined to wipe away non payment and low payment forever, and for that, we salute you.

And then back to YOU...the freelancer...who is so important to the UK economy. Just keep on doing what you are going. You are doing great.

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