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Local MEP, Anthea McIntyre, hosted a working lunch in Brussels to launch a report showing that the number of self-employed professionals has doubled in the last ten years.  The report found that employment rates had generally stagnated during the same period.

Prepared by French economist, Stephane Rapelli, on behalf of the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP), the report suggests that the nations with the healthiest number of ‘independent professionals’ are also those that display the most resilience during times of economic hardship.

Britain has 1.6 million ‘independent professionals ‘ – more than Germany or France – and the number is growing rapidly.

Miss McIntyre, who is the Conservative Employment Spokesman is Brussels, said: "The fact that there is growth in freelancing despite tough economic conditions is encouraging for both the sector and for the economy as a whole. The report not only provides evidence of growth, it also presents policy makers with crucial insight into the makeup of the sector, which is why I was delighted to host the launch.

“The diversity of professions that attract self-employed entrepreneurs is staggering and their important contribution to the economy cannot be underestimated.  It is crucial that policy-makers understand this growing  form of employment better and avoid imposing unnecessary regulatory burdens on those who are driving our economy forward.”

A copy of the full report can be downloaded here:

http://www.efip.org/efip-news/efip-press/the-growth-of-european-independent-professionals-1350380409

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