This document is a collection of the presentations provided at the Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2018, held 26-27 April 2018 at Grange City Hotel, London, UK. Over two days, leading international scholars presented new research on freelancing and self-employment.
The Economic Role of Freelance Workers in the Construction Industry has been produced by the CRSE and Hudson Contract. By analysing firms in the construction industry in 2010, 2013 and 2017, the report found that freelancers’ work and flexibility add value to businesses that could not be gained from employee labour.
The True Diversity of Self-Employment has been produced by the CRSE in conjunction with the Institute for Employment Studies. The research found that there are nine distinct segments which make up the UK’s solo self-employed population, defined by their economic wellbeing, independence and security.
The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment is a single source book providing researchers, practitioners, managers, policy makers and students with key research on freelancing and self-employment by the leading scholars in the field across business studies, law and economics.
Freelance workers present a special challenge in terms of collective labour organisation. As an individualistic and highly dispersed workforce, they are both difficult to recruit and represent. This paper explores the operational and legal difficulties that freelancers pose for trade unions in terms of collective representation. This is chapter 10 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.
The CRSE is the leading international think tank working to improve the understanding of the self-employment sector and its impact on the economy. In collaboration with a global network of academics at the forefront of self-employment studies, the CRSE conducts and promotes leading edge multidisciplinary research. The aim of the CRSE is to better inform public policy and add value to practitioners.
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