The government’s freelancer tsar, David Morris MP, has criticised the Labour Party in the House of Commons for failing to recognise the importance of the growing professional contracting and freelancing sector of the UK labour market.
Mr Morris was referring to the Labour Party’s recently published document A Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity, which appears to interpret the rise of freelancing and self-employment as evidence of increasing insecurity in the labour market ‒ a description that many skilled professional contractors and Umbrella Company Employees would not recognise as applicable to them in any way.
Mr Morris said that he was sad to see that the opposition had not recognised the importance of the freelancing and self-employed sector and dismissed as “quite wrong” the view that it was a failure in the labour market.
The freelancing sector, Mr Morris continued, “accounts for 760,000 new businesses created since 2010, which shows that the country has an entrepreneurial spirit, with huge advantages for taxation. I hold out an olive branch to the opposition and ask them to embrace it, purely and simply because it is better for us all, irrespective of political party.”
Simon McVicker, director of policy and external affairs at IPSE, echoed Mr Morris’ concerns. Despite having worked with the Labour Party over the last two years on issues relating to contracting and self-employment, he and his colleagues at IPSE were, he said, “deeply disappointed” with the party’s business manifesto for the next election.
Mr McVicker expressed IPSE’s hope that a shadow cabinet minister would say something positive in this area before polling day on 7th May.