The positive benefits of Umbrella Company Employment have been showcased to MPs by representatives from a collaboration of 38 firms, which between them employ around 90,000 contingent workers.
The collaboration, which was organised by the FCSA, addressed constituency MPs and members of the Business and Treasury committees and the Freelance All-Party Group, all of whom were invited to attend the informal forum to learn more about the freelancing and contracting sector and address common misperceptions about the industry.
The event occurs in the wake of some misleading recent media coverage concerning Umbrella Companies. In January, for example, Channel 4’s Dispatches programme reported on dubious practices by some agencies and Umbrella Companies to circumvent the provisions of the AWR, which grants temporary workers equal employment protections with their permanent counterparts after 12 weeks of continuous employment with the same employer.
FCSA CEO Julia Kermode joined other industry experts to warn against tarring the majority of compliant Umbrella Companies with the same brush.
Speaking after Tuesday’s parliamentary event, Ms Kermode said that it was an excellent opportunity for companies to convey the importance of flexible working arrangements to MPs.
She continued: “There has been growing concern that the Treasury may rush legislation through in next week’s budget that will negatively impact some of the five million individuals that currently work on a flexible, non-permanent basis for UK plc. Umbrella Employment is a positive choice and we hope that today’s productive conversations between MPs and industry representatives will have gone some way to addressing the misconceptions that the Treasury may have about our industry.”