Recruiting, hiring, employing, taking on. While all of these terms refer to a common process which many of us attend to quite regularly, how often does one sit back and consider the way in which this process is actually designed? Who it favours?
I jumped on the Tinder bandwagon a while back. Albeit a bit reluctantly, I should add.
When the government announced a second nationwide lockdown for the UK earlier this month, freelancers we’re again left wondering if and how they would continue working.
At this stage in the week, most readers will have read the details of the Government's latest announcement regarding updates to the SEISS support scheme.
When Covid-19 hit in March, thousands of freelancers across the UK lost work overnight and in turn, the prospect of a regular income (or any income in many cases).
When my team and I ditched our office and transitioned to a freelance-only remote team in 2015, there wasn’t much in the way of a guideline for us to follow. We had launched the previous year with a conventional setup. The company consisted of a small team of full time employees in a pokey office in Shoreditch, London. The core team worked 9 to 6, five days a week and we occasionally reached out to friends of ours who were freelancers to fill skill gaps. Like most startups, we were learning as we went along but the decision to radically alter the company structure felt like we were stepping into the abyss.
As 2020 draws to a close, half of the UK workforce is working from home (ONS). Thanks to remote work, companies suddenly have access to a wide-ranging talent pool. Having multiple opinions, ideas and cultures represented within a company not only improves productivity and boosts innovation but also creates ways to attract a broader audience.
The third SEISS grant has been announced. Great news for some but STILL nothing for the hundreds of thousands who are ineligible. We speak to finance expert Emma James on the current grant, what is available for those who cannot apply and what the future holds for freelancers.