With the new government under formation and all eyes on the Conservative party to see how they will enact the pledges they made during their election campaign, contractors will be keen to ensure that their voices are heard by those who are in a position to make changes. There are three major demands, all of which are aimed at making life easier for those working for themselves.
The requests include the formation and strengthening of a conciliation service for contractors who are chasing unpaid debts, an immigration policy which is based on ensuring that the UK attracts and accepts those with the skills needed to strengthen the economy, and new ministerial posts to represent their interests.
Within just 24 hours of the election results being announced these requests came from two of the leading contractor trade groups, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed and the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association. Adding their voices to the call were the Association of Professional Staffing Companies and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, both of whom are keen to ensure that their members are represented when it comes to potential policy changes.
IPSE believe that a majority government will bring stability to the UK, which could be good for business, and they are also hoping that the already established Ambassador for the Self Employed will lead the way to a ministerial post in the future. The conciliation service is a welcome move which will help contractors and independent professionals to avoid the problems associated with late payments and the damaging effect they can have on the finances of those who rely on a timely settlement.
One major concern is the potential for a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU. For many contractors, this is a concern because it could create an atmosphere of uncertainty amongst big businesses which could have a negative impact on the self-employed.
The other big issue is immigration, specifically ways to ensure that continued immigration has a positive impact on the economy. With the skills gap causing issues for businesses in the UK, enabling them to hire skilled workers from other countries could make things easier for those who are currently having trouble recruiting qualified staff.
The FCSA is also focussing on the potential withdrawal of tax relief on travel and subsistence in the hope that the Conservatives will re-think the plans which will penalise the contracting community and potentially reduce their flexibility which will contribute to the issues caused by the skills gap. To that end, APSCo will specifically be encouraging the appointment of a minister who will be responsible for dealing with flexible staffing options.
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