Policymakers are now becoming more aware of the importance of independent professionals (Ipros) who are key components of Europe’s highly skilled and flexible workforce.
Strengthening links with the European Commission (EC) have helped raise awareness of the importance of freelancing in the local economy. Support from MEP’s (Members of the European Parliament) has meant that Ipros have gained recognition at the highest levels of the EU’s policymaking.
It is said that when looking at the level of social security contributions made from Ipros and permanent employees, the gap between the two is very minimal, helping the case further.
Trends have been noticed such as younger people becoming Ipros, meaning the employment demographic in the EU is changing.
Graduates are now finding that permanent work is hard to get, and find a solution with setting up their own businesses. Just as new emerging industries such as health professionals and paralegals who are now working on a contract basis rather than permanent employment.
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