European Commission wants to ban IT contractors

Over many years
the IT contractor has been assaulted by various chancellors, not least by
Gordon Brown with the introduction of IR35 and other uncomplimentary regulations which has already decimated the UK IT contractor market. 

Now, in a Green
from the European Commission on Labour Laws, the EC want to ban IT
contractors working as freelancers completely.

The group which represents IT contractors, the PGC, said that  the proposals showed that the Commission did
not understand the
UK’s contracting model. 

“We fear
that any new proposal based on this Green Paper risks being so ill-defined that
it could destroy freelancing as we know it. We must send the message to the Commission that labour law should be left to
individual member states,” said the
PCG's CEO John Thomas.

The PCG is calling on the Commission to respect
the existing commercial relationships between contractors and employers. 

provide their services on a commercial basis and are not employees.

The Green Paper
completely fails to appreciate the differences between these commercial
contracts and employment contracts,” Thomas said. 

The PGC also said
that the
UK government should clarify employment
status in the
UK, which it said, had been thrown into
confusion following recent court judgements.


Watch out for more Government contracts failing as IT Consultancy groups cannot get the experienced personnel needed for complex projects.

About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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