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Freelancing seems as popular as ever with our busiest start to a year ever in 2017. Clearly agencies throughout the UK are picking up some really great business and need that flexible resource before they decide to take the plunge and recruit permanent staff.
But, what’s the future for this freelancing model and how must we adapt to make the most of it? In a recent report on the Gig Economy – the Uberisation of Work (a title I really don’t like) by The REC, they’re suggesting that Freelancing is encouraging the biggest shift in working patterns in modern times and it’s only set to become more prevalent. Digital platforms like Freelancer.com and Upwork, are creating even more opportunities yet are these sites really where you want to pick up your next gig? With often a bidding process influencing the choice of who they use, do you really want to be the one who does everything the cheapest? Of course not.
In general, people want to Freelance for flexibility. Often they can work when they want, do what they want and, often, get paid more than they would if they were full time employed. For clients, freelancers are seen as ‘management-light’ as they tend to be independent characters that just get on with it. Of course, there are inherent risks in this, particularly where creative work is involved. Again, a potential benefit for clients is that they can reduce their overall fixed costs of employment by avoiding increased office space costs, pensions, sick pay, NI etc
The flexibility of Freelancing works both way. Clients, by default, will only use you when they need you. No downtime or projects that are ‘nice-to-do’.
Whilst the freelance model seems to be a win-win all round your recruitment agency has a key role to play as mediator and guardian of the process. If you choose to freelance through us we’ll manage all bookings, look after your payment every week (no chasing invoices), and make sure you get all the statutory benefits you’re entitled to meaning you can get on with what you do best. And, by default, we’ll have a wider network of opportunities than you can identify yourself as we do this every day. Whilst you are working on a project we are developing new opportunities for you.
Ten years ago many believed Linkedin would be the death of the recruitment industry. Now it is being suggested that the GIG economy could remove the need for an intermediary. The reality is that many will still need the critical link that we provide between employer and freelancer.

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