“Rights?! Don’t Want Them!” Say 80% Of Self-employed

94% of freelancers want to remove any restrictions on the amount of hours they can work in day and are ‘happy’ to be left alone

“Rights?! Don’t Want Them!” Say 80% Of Self-employed

80% of UK self-employed workers don’t want any rights, according to a report by ContractorCalculator.

The survey of 250 freelancers has revealed that 88% of respondents reject their rights to maternity/paternity leave, with 82% not interested in even receiving sickness pay.

Of those who don’t want to be paid while ill, 25% said they’re already insured while 80% use savings as a substitute for their wages.

94% of respondents want to remove any restrictions on the amount of hours they can work in day and are ‘happy’ to be left alone, suggesting those who work for themselves find their entitlements overly bureaucratic and somewhat of a burden.

When it comes to taking time off, 85% forgo their holiday rights and pay, opting instead to take time off in-between contracts or negotiate time off with clients, with 80% even admitting they’re not interested in extra rights to help them during disciplinary matters or with grievances.

With UK employers now legally required to provide an employee pension scheme, 75% of freelancers do not want to be forced into the auto-enrolment process.

Dave Chaplin, CEO and founder of Contractor Calculator, said:

“It is clear from the results of our research that freelancers and contractors love the gig economy and do not want rights. Government needs to understand that media reports associated with self-employed couriers and drivers who are part of the gig economy do not paint the full picture of self-employment.

“There are thousands upon thousands of the self-employed working on a business to business basis who are very happy with the way they work and the last thing they want is further legislative burdens. They do not see themselves as vulnerable workers.”

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