The Creative Industries Federation have launched a report on the experiences of freelancers within the creative industries. The research collected the views of 700 freelancers and 50 organisations in the sector, and highlighted a broad spectrum of experiences: from HMRC tax returns to affordable workspaces.
Nearly half of the creative workers in the creative industries (47 per cent) are freelance compared with 15 per cent of the UK workforce as a whole, so this report gives useful insight into the different needs of a vital part of the workforce.
Recommendations to improve the working lives of the self-employed include:
Piloting ways of providing sustainable social security for freelancers
Providing extra support during transition to Making Tax Digital and quarterly tax returns
Protecting freelancers’ creative workspaces against development
Making self-employment, across all sectors, part of a ministerial brief in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Supporting an independent UK-wide virtual hub – a business booster network – which would be a one-stop shop for business advice and facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring for creative entrepreneurs
To read the full report click here.