Feeds

Freelancers fret over tangle of EU red tape

Employment rules could hurt IT contractors

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) is worried that the UK's contractors could get tied up in a tangle of red tape if the Government signs up to proposed employment rules which would extend full employment rights to temporary workers.

Under the proposed European Agency Workers Directive, temporary workers would benefit from the same employment rights as permanent workers once they had been in the job for six weeks. But there's speculation that the Goverment could cave in to union demands and extend full employment rights to workers from day one.

The bosses organisation - the CBI - argues that this would do "irreparable damage" to the UK's temping market and ultimately destroy jobs. Trade unions insist that the proposed legislation is about securing equal pay and basic rights for all workers.

The PCG - the trade body for the freelance small business community, many of whom work in IT - is also worried that the proposed legislation could damage the chances of professional contractors finding work. While the PCG supports legislation which would "protect vulnerable temporary workers and outlaw exploitation", it insistes that contractors and small business owners could lose out.

Said PCG chairman Dr Simon Juden: "We fear that the burdens on client and contractor alike would be large and could therefore discourage the use of professional freelancers. We are not persuaded that these measures are necessary in this broad scope and feel that incorporated freelance workers should be excluded from such legislation."

The PCG added that signing up to "one size fits all" legislation would be "inappropriate". ®

Related stories

Big.biz still keen to export jobs
UK small.biz rejects outsourcing
UK IT departments waste £165m a year
PCG slams Abbey's India jobs move

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Bose says today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.