The Economic Impact of Personal Service Companies

In early 2016, IPSE commissioned Oxford Economics to assess the impact of Personal Services Companies (PSCs) on the UK economy. PSCs are an increasingly popular way in which professional freelancers structure their affairs in order to provide services to other companies, but in recent times PSCs have been subject to intense scrutiny and a series of regulatory changes which threaten to make this form of work less viable. Despite such scrutiny, relatively little is understood about PSCs and their role in the economy. In this context, this report sheds light on the economic activity of PSCs and highlights the potential impact of new legislation affecting the rights and responsibilities of this group of companies.

The Economic Impact of Personal Service Companies in the Public Sector

This report explores the contribution that an estimated 26,000 PSCs working in the public sector made to the UK economy in 2015. In doing so it builds upon previous analysis into the economic impact of all PSCs conducted by Oxford Economics for IPSE in early 2016. This analysis gives important context to proposals to reform the way public sector bodies assess and tax the contractors who work for them, by illuminating the number of people who will be directly affected and the potential scale of disruption to the industry.

Future Working: The Rise of Europe’s Independent Professionals

IPSE, in partnership with the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP), has commissioned Professor Patricia Leighton of the IPAG Business School in France to analyse the rise of the independent professionals, or iPros, across Europe.  The report explores who iPros are and the environments in which they work; why they choose to work independently and what factors encourage and what factors hinder their success.  This ground breaking report provides us for the first time with a deeper understanding of what motivates and drives iPros and the barriers they face.  Finally it makes a series of key recommendations that would benefit not just the 9 million iPros that operate in Europe but also the EU economy as a whole.

The Role of Freelancers in the 21st Century British Economy  

IPSE commissioned Andrew Burke, Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Cranfield School of Management, to analyse the role of freelancers in the 21st Century British Economy. The report explores the use of freelancers, and how effective they are in adding value, in 23 firms comprising a mix of corporations and SMEs. These businesses are drawn from some of the major industries driving the British economy including manufacturing, information and communications, financial services, and professional, scientific and technical activities.

All Party Parliamentary Group for the Freelance Sector Report

This report seeks to highlight the vital and often understated role that freelancers play in the UK economy, particularly in the current economic climate when the flexibility which they offer to businesses is of the utmost importance.

Attitudes to Freelancing: Freelancers vs Business Leaders

IPSE commissioned research agency ComRes to look at the value of freelancing and of freelancers themselves and to see how client and freelancer views differ. The research also explores the future of freelancing, gaining an insight into how the world may be changing and how this may impact all of our prospects.