Free­lances ‘cru­cial role’ in con­struc­tion

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FOCUS ON SMES -

THE YORK­SHIRE-BASED con­struc­tion au­dit and con­tract provider, Hud­son Con­tract, has joined forces with the Cen­tre for Re­search on Self-Em­ploy­ment to com­pile a report into the role of free­lances in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

The report con­cludes that free­lance work­ers play a “cru­cial and un­ri­valled” role in boost­ing eco­nomic ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity in the con­struc­tion sec­tor.

A spokesman said: “The report also de­bunks the myth that free­lances are the most vul­ner­a­ble, low-paid con­struc­tion work­ers.

“On the con­trary, em­ploy­ees are the low­est paid work­ers among both full and part-time work­ers. This is specif­i­cally so within part-time work­ers, where free­lances typ­i­cally earn more through­out ev­ery per­centile from the low­est to high­est paid work­ers. “The higher earn­ings en­joyed by free­lances are in many ways a nat­u­ral con­se­quence of the ad­di­tional value they add by sup­ply­ing highly spe­cialised skills, on a flex­i­ble ba­sis.” David Jack­son, pic­tured, Hud­son Con­tract chair­man, said: “This report reaf­firms what we have known for a long time: the con­struc­tion sec­tor is driven by free­lances, and far from be­ing ex­ploited, those free­lances are well re­warded for their ef­forts. “If we want the UK’s con­struc­tion in­dus­try to be one of the most com­pet­i­tive, flex­i­ble and pro­duc­tive in the world, we must help not hin­der these free­lance work­ers.”

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