New ministerial posts; a skills-led immigration policy and a conciliation service for the unpaid -- just three of the demands that the micro-business sector is making of David Cameron and his new government.
Submitted within just 24 hours or so of the new Tory administration, the demands are from two trade groups, IPSE and the FCSA, and two staffing bodies, APSCo and the REC.
“A majority government brings stability and certainty that is good for business,” said the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).
It also said: “We [know that] a new business conciliation service would help address some of the issues stemming from late payments.”
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) echoed concerns expressed last week -– that the government’s promise of an EU referendum could create uncertainty.
More immediately though “we need to convince the new government to adopt a sensible and balanced approach to immigration” said the REC, “so that UK businesses can hire the talent and skills they need to succeed.”
Unifying the staffing bodies and the trade groups is the prospect of their members being affected by a withdrawal of tax relief on travel and subsistence (T&S) expenses.
“The T&S legislation would have a negative impact on the working lives of many”, said the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), cautioning the new government which, “on the whole”, it said it welcomes.
The association added: “They [the Conservatives] seem to have the better understanding of our sector… but we still have a long way to go as they seem intent on...[introducing the T&S legislation].”
To ease its own but similar concerns, APSCo vowed to start “pushing” the new government to draw up a “new regulatory framework that differentiates highly paid, highly skilled” consultants from other workers who, despite also being independent, are “vulnerable”.
The Association of Professional Staffing Companies said: “Allied to this, we will pursue the appointment of a junior minister with a specific remit over flexible staffing”.
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