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UK Contractors: First Global Workshop on Freelancing and Independent Professional Research held

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Contractors may be interested to hear that the first Global Workshop on Freelancing and Independent Professional Research took place last month.

The aim of the seminar, hosted by the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) in association with Professor Andrew Burke from the Cranfield School of Management and Professor Patricia Leighton from the IPAG Business School, was to discuss the role of contractors.

A global group of academics specialising in research on the self-employed were brought together to discuss how contractors work and what their role is in the current economy. 

The key topics raised during the two-day workshop included trends in self-employment, independent professionals and the economy, working experiences of contractors, perspectives on those who are self-employed and areas for future research. 

According to the PCG, through these types of seminars it’s hoping to ‘provide a platform for collaboration on the future direction of independent professional by brining together global experts’.

Organising the event, Suneeta Johal, PCG Policy Research Manager, commented, “The seminar was the first in a series which will drive the agenda for research into self-employment and independent working forward. It was well attended by leading experts from a range of disciplines who provided their perspectives on the changing nature of work across the world. It was a great success and the research that has already been coordinated as a result will help to inform PCG’s strategy for the future.”

PCG’s Senior Public Affairs Manager, Andy Chamberlain, added, “This seminar brought together the leading experts in work patterns, freelancing and self-employment from the UK, Europe and Australia.  The outputs from this group will guide PCG’s commercial and lobbying strategies up to the next election and beyond.”

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