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.
In contrast to dependent employees, most self-employed people are free to choose if they wish to insure themselves against social risks such as longevity, illness, or long term care. Unfortunately, we know very little about the situation of self-employed people regarding the protection against social risks, as reliable data is missing. Against the background of the upsurge of these professions, this lack of coverage is indicative of an increasingly precarious position or social exclusion of those groups. This is chapter 12 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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Marc Cowling on the rise of freelancing: we have an increasingly talented population & with talent comes choice in how you work #EURAM2017