As part of our Future of the Workplace series, we invite you to join us at an upcoming Roundtable where over breakfast we’ll explore the freelance model, how the role of the freelancer has changed so far, and what more needs to be done.
In 2017, there were 4.8 million people working on freelance contracts in the UK alone – that represents 15% of our workforce. This percentage has grown steadily and shows no sign of slowing down. From millennial employees with a preference for working flexibly, both in terms of location and hours of the day, to parents of young children looking for work to suit their schedules, the freelancing landscape is hugely diverse.
For you, the employer, freelancers provide the skills to plug gaps quickly and efficiently. Having a roster of freelancers you know and trust is the ideal tool kit for when you're seeking specific skills or experiences on a shorter-term basis. Working with freelancers also means you can avoid the mounting costs of recruiting full-time team members and this lean approach is ideal for a growing businesses.
Despite more people moving into self-employment and the appeal for operating under this leaner model, the rights protecting freelancers are marginal when compared to team members on PAYE contracts, with freelancers waiting for invoices to be paid an average of 18 days after due date. Many have felt the personal effects of invoices being paid late or indeed not at all, and many have felt in a position where they’ve had to fight for their rights or what they’re owed.
As a scale-up businesses, you're in a great position to set the gold standard for freelancer employers, so we’ll look to explore:
- The changing role of, and expectations on, freelancers
- Maximising the relationship
- Remuneration and incentivisation
- Integrating your freelance staff into the company – culture, KPIs and managing freelancers working on long-term projects
- Effect of freelancers on full-time team members
- Where to find great freelancers