Plans for an event to raise the profile of contracting have been given the seal of approval by the shadow economic secretary to the Treasury.
The endorsement from Catherine McKinnell MP is said to show her support for National Freelancer’s Day and its plans to celebrate the achievements of the self-employed. She has recognised the important role that freelancers play in economic growth and how important contracting and freelancing is to the British economy.
National Freelancers Day is set to be held on 21st November and has already drawn some celebrity support. The keynote address will come from businesswoman Karren Brady, who features on The Apprentice; Rachel Riley, one of the presenters of Countdown, is another supporter. It is hoped that the endorsements of well-known names will help to encourage the government to throw its weight behind the event and recognise freelancers and their contribution.
It is estimated that there are around 1.75 million freelance workers in the UK and these add around 88 billion pounds to the country’s economy. Contracting is now a very attractive option for those who prefer not to follow a traditional 9-5 job and there are many companies that want to hire contractor on a regular basis.
National Freelancers Day is being organised by the PCG. Simon McVicker, a director of the company, has stated that the endorsement of a shadow minister will help the government to realise that freelancers need to be taken into consideration when plans are being made for the economy in the years to come.