Contractors and freelancers will have a “louder, stronger voice” that promises to be “impossible to ignore” following the re-brand of PCG, which recently became the Association of Independent Professionals and Self-Employed (IPSE).

The move takes into account the growing breadth of self-employed workers in the UK, which has now exceed 4.55 million, and will expand the scope of PCG to include the whole community of self-employed, including sole traders and partnerships.

IPSE aims to provide support, services and assistance to anyone working alone in order to create a louder, stronger voice when pushing for government support and change to legislation.

Chris Bryce, chief executive of  PCG/IPSE, said:

“Self-employment is the zeitgeist. It has grown by an astonishing 39% since 2000 and has outstripped growth in traditional employment by 3 to 1 in the last decade. With nearly 22,000 members we are already the largest association of independent professionals in the EU. Simply put, as IPSE, our voice will be almost five million strong. Standing together as one, we are impossible to ignore.”

Bryce claimed there is more to the rebrand than a change of name and that widening the scope of IPSE’s potential membership will help to represent the British labour force more effectively.

Bryce said:

“Individuals in business on their own account need representation and with our history fighting for freelancers and contractors, we are the right organisation to step up to this challenge.

“It is time Government truly recognised the dramatic shift in the way we work in the UK. While there’s never been a better time to work independently, much can be done to create a level playing field for the people brave enough to go it alone.”

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