A UK-wide event designed to raise the profile of freelancing has received fresh momentum before it has even begun, in the shape of an endorsement from an influential shadow minister.
Catherine McKinnell MP, shadow economic secretary to the Treasury, said she supported both the event, National Freelancers Day, and the self-employed people it plans to celebrate.
“Freelancers play an increasingly prominent part in creating economic growth and prosperity,” said Ms McKinnell, a former employment solicitor.
“I am therefore pleased to add my backing to National Freelancers Day (NFD), which recognises the really important contribution freelancers make to UK plc.”
The event, to be held on Nov 21st, has also drawn support from Strictly Come Dancing star Rachel Riley, the co-presenter of Countdown. It will be keynoted by tycoon Karren Brady.
Organisers of NFD welcomed the two new endorsements, partly because the duo’s backing will hopefully compel the government to do the same, and recognise the freelance workforce.
“There are 1.75 million freelancers in the UK today contributing more than £88 billion to the economy,” reflected Simon McVicker, a director at PCG, which has run the event since 2009.
“The fact that an important shadow minister like Catherine McKinnell has endorsed the day shows policy makers are beginning to recognise that freelancers need to be considered when shaping economic policies for the future.”