Freelances ‘crucial role’ in construction
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.”