A movement connecting independent professionals across Europe
About the European Freelancers' Movement
Independent ProfessionalsThe number of people working for and by themselves continues to grow. There are now an estimated 9.7 million independent professionals in Europe, making up 4% of the total workforce. Independent professionals, better known as “freelancers”, are people working in the service sector who are self-employed and do not have any employees. The growth of freelancing is challenging the traditional way of work, as well as the social structures around it. Governments aren't sure how to treat freelancers and often ignores or penalizes them. As a result, in many different countries, organisations have emerged representing freelancers, raising their concerns, and building solutions to improve freelancers’ working conditions.
About the MovementEurope's growing independent workforce now has a common voice. The European Freelancers' Movement is a network of organizations that represent and support independent workers in various countries. There are freelancers’ organizations in Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. These organizations all network and collaborate through EFIP , the European Forum of Independent Professionals, and are connected to the Freelancers Union in the United States. In 2014, the European Forum of Independent Professionals published a Manifesto calling for better conditions for independent workers. We demanded that governments and businesses recognize freelancers, give us a voice, count us properly, give us access, and treat us fairly.
Give us official status at all levels of government and bureaucracy. Remember us when you create policy that affects us.
Give us access!
Make sure freelancers can access all government services, bid for official contracts, access training programs and qualify for funding.
Include us in all official statistics, and study our demographic better. Don’t put us together with other small business categories.
Give us a voice!
Talk to our representative organizations, give us a seat at the table and appoint an EU freelancers’ envoy to champion our concerns.
Treat us fairly!
Pay us on time. Write contracts that treat us ethically.
Freelancers in Europe
% of European workforce
Europan feelancers' organizations
European countries with freelancers' organizations