IPSE welcomes government’s decision to launch Future of Work Review

12th May 2022, London: IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) welcomes the news today that the government is launching a review into the future of work.

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE said: “We are delighted the government has launched this review and we look forward to contributing to the report’s findings. Technological changes such as automation and virtual working, as well as a shift in attitudes to work which has been compounded by the pandemic, mean that traditional 9-to-5 employment is likely to become less common.  It is essential that policy makers understand these changes, so that they can design public policy around how people increasingly want to shape their working lives.

“We also hope that this new review builds on the work done by Matthew Taylor in 2017. The government remains committed to carrying out several of Taylor’s recommendations, not least of which is clarifying employment status rules which continue to cause a great deal of confusion and disruption for workers and hirers alike.

“Freelancers and the self-employed have always played a key role in lifting the UK out of economic downturns and can play an even bigger role in the labour market of tomorrow. If harnessed effectively, the dynamism and flexibility which is inherent in freelancing can drive economic growth, not just for the individuals who choose this way of working, but for the country as a whole.”