European Freelancers Movement

A movement connecting independent professionals across Europe

About the European Freelancers' Movement

Independent Professionals

The number of people working for and by themselves continues to grow. There are now an estimated 11 million independent professionals in Europe, making up 5% 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 Movement

Europe'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.


Freelancers in Europe


% of European workforce


Europan feelancers' organizations


European countries with freelancers' organizations

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