The IPSE is urging the government to do more to tackle late payment in order for contractors to enjoy a better work-life balance.
The IPSE’s report ‘Taking time off as a freelancer’ revealed that nine per cent of contractors didn’t take time off in the last year – this is despite as many as 59% saying that time off gives them a better work-life balance.
Fifty-eight per cent replied to work-related emails while on their summer break, and worryingly, 21% of self-employed professionals spent their time on holiday chasing a late payment.
As a result, the IPSE is calling on the government to end late payment culture to stop contractors having to chase clients during their time off.
Inna Yordanova, Senior Researcher at IPSE and author of the report, commented, “A good work-life balance is essential for wellbeing and mental health. And many people go into self-employment for just that reason: for the flexibility to fit their work around their life, rather than the other way around.”