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PCG, the representative body for independent professionals and the self-employed, has today welcomed the news that senior Government Minister, Esther McVey, is backing self-employment as a positive choice for young people.

Shadow Business Minister, Ian Murray MP, has backed a nationwide search for the UK’s best self-employed professionals.

The 18th of July saw PCG hold their second Freelancer Moneybox event at the elegant One America Square, writes Nathan Onraet-Wells, Marketing Intern at PCG.

Join us for our industry special episode of PCG Live where our panel of experts will look at freelancing in Public Relations.

According to data from the latest Freelance Confidence Index, released today by PCG, self-employed people should buck the trend for wage stagnation over the next 12 months as day rates for freelancers are expected to rise.
 

This week’s Cabinet reshuffle has been packed full of surprises and Prime Minister, David Cameron, has shown he is ready for the upcoming general election battle, writes Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at PCG.

Today’s news from the ONS that self-employment has continued to rise at a record rate is cause for celebration, according to PCG, the representative body for independent professionals. 

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at PCG, said:

According to the Labour Market Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics today the number of self-employed people increased by 404,000 over the past 12 months to reach 4.58million.
PCG is looking for an experienced Senior Economic Policy Adviser to join its policy and external affairs team. Those interested in the role should submit a CV and covering letter to
Georgios Nikolaidis, PCG’s Economic Adviser, gives his view on the economy in his latest monthly analysis.
 
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23/07/2014 11:28
RT @SimonMcVicker: .@EstherMcVeyMP great article in the Telegraph today on #selfemployment - here is our rection http://t.co/w0BkqAV8Dd
23/07/2014 11:05
Don't let your CV gather dust. Sign up for our CV refresher webinar for experienced contractors on 30 July: http://t.co/TpOBs9Pfe3
23/07/2014 09:43
RT @BenSmithPCG: Interesting one from @guardian (http://t.co/4e1I9Gb3yW) RE #freelancing is lonely. I suggest heading to a work-hub, co-wor…
23/07/2014 09:42
For the inside scoop on the #selfemployment debate in Westminster follow our Policy team: @AndyPCG @George_PCG @JordanPCG & @SimonMcVicker
22/07/2014 16:45
Experienced #freelancer? Why not check out our webinar on freshening up your CV... http://t.co/Ir8Zsh19r5
22/07/2014 15:59
RT @RosieHLibell: Great to see @IanMurrayMP supporting the search to find Britain's best #selfemployed professionals! http://t.co/lfoZc9IEcn
22/07/2014 15:15
RT @PCGOwen: CreativeBoom has some helpful advice on getting your first freelance design gig http://t.co/DXna55yOEa check out @insidepcg fo…
22/07/2014 14:25
#PR specialist considering going #freelance? Tune in for PCG Live on Friday for advice from the experts http://t.co/CKe7L95nqp
22/07/2014 08:50
Want the perfect CV? Our Free Webinar on Tuesday 29 July will show you how! Sign up here: http://t.co/IfGPE58of2
21/07/2014 15:35
New to contracting? Get noticed with webinar on writing the perfect CV. Sign up free here: http://t.co/hIGkcVYDSa
21/07/2014 12:07
Press Release: Shadow Business Minister backs search to find UK’s best self-employed professionals http://t.co/oLN3SpohEv
21/07/2014 11:09
@naturalborntech I've checked with the events team and you are registered. Sorry for the glitch - hope you enjoy the webinar!
21/07/2014 09:05
Want to freshen up your CV? Our free webinar for experienced contractors will ensure it catches the eye. Sign up here http://t.co/QaXs9rnIjh
21/07/2014 08:59
@naturalborntech Hi Paul, Sorry to hear you are having problems. Is the issue persisting?
20/07/2014 16:25
On LinkedIn? Our CEO, @cjbryce, has written on why freelancing can be a lonely path and how to make it less so! http://t.co/7wjAHvG67o
20/07/2014 14:35
Join us for the next Women's #Freelance Network event with @ASONAS_COACH who will be giving a free coaching session http://t.co/pSIcm34jof
20/07/2014 13:05
CV need a spring clean? Free webinar for experienced contractors shows you how to get it into shape. Free tix: http://t.co/J7Zn5cmKAU
20/07/2014 12:55
#selfemployed to buck wage stagnation trend says our latest #freelanceconfidence index: http://t.co/yvkwCHxGlU
20/07/2014 11:35
Join us for the next PCG Live on 25 July which will look at freelancing in the #PR industry http://t.co/zrdoZ4cNyJ
20/07/2014 10:05
Just starting out #freelancing? Get your CV into top shape with our upcoming webinar. Sign up free here: http://t.co/ed5AUsJwn9
19/07/2014 19:01
Looking for financial advice? Read our report of last week's Freelancer Moneybox event here: http://t.co/0oUVrXJ85p
19/07/2014 17:25
Are you a #PR specialist thinking about going #freelance? Send your burning qs for our panel of experts on PCG Live http://t.co/7mBng4VVar
19/07/2014 15:40
We're running a webinar on 30 July for experienced contractors which looks at how to refresh your CV. Free tix here: http://t.co/I8ksMHt5zJ
19/07/2014 12:05
Who is coming along to our next Women's #Freelance Network event? All of the details and how to sign up for free here http://t.co/SNvU3P2qfY
19/07/2014 10:35
On LinkedIn? Our CEO, @cjbryce, has written on why freelancing can be a lonely path and how to make it less so! http://t.co/7wjAHvG67o
19/07/2014 10:25
New to contracting? Find out how to write a kick-ass CV at our upcoming webinar. Sign up free here: http://t.co/zTf74x768p
19/07/2014 09:15
#selfemployed to buck wage stagnation trend says our latest #freelanceconfidence index: http://t.co/y6K4u2pOPj
18/07/2014 17:01
Did you miss last night's Freelancer Moneybox? Never fear, you can read the write up on our website now! http://t.co/ul4IcrvoZB
18/07/2014 16:50
Female #freelancer? Why not join us on Thursday for the second @womanfreelancer event? It's free to attend! http://t.co/ym2YvKPv2X
18/07/2014 15:22
18/07/2014 13:55
PCG is on the lookout for a talented economist to join our policy team. More details here: http://t.co/nNHkN2ZY7T
18/07/2014 12:38
On LinkedIn? Our CEO, @cjbryce, has written on why freelancing can be a lonely path and how to make it less so! http://t.co/QC46iDVejG
18/07/2014 11:01
There are now over 4.5million #selfemployed people working in the UK. Are you one of the best? Enter http://t.co/KEcpvAOi7R and win £5k!
18/07/2014 10:46
Top Stat: Half of all work undertaken by freelancers took place in London and the South East. http://t.co/4gZLXERRj1 #freelanceconfidence
18/07/2014 10:45
Top Stat: Almost a 3rd of freelancers saw increase in contract availability in the last quarter. http://t.co/YS1EaCxbhw #freelanceconfidence
18/07/2014 10:44
Top Stat: Av length of time freelancers were out of contract just under two and a half weeks. http://t.co/RCJyUM6ZeH #freelanceconfidence
18/07/2014 10:42
Top Stat: Freelancers expect day rates to rise, bucking the general trend for wage stagnation. http://t.co/UTYC87K3PH #freelanceconfidence
18/07/2014 10:41
Our Q2 #FreelanceConfidence Index is now available. Download here: http://t.co/gVgDvYHNsu
17/07/2014 20:07
Buffet dinner is has created a lot of conversation. Remember a vital part of freelancing is good networking! #pcgevents
17/07/2014 20:02
@darrenfell providing an excellent insight into how to market yourself and your business via LinkedIn #pcgevents
17/07/2014 18:55
1st guest speaker is CEO @cjbryce talking about the benefits of PCG #pcgevents http://t.co/MNVXw9Zia4
17/07/2014 18:05
if you're interested in getting all your financial questions answered, come along to @FMoneybox at One America square #pcgevents
17/07/2014 17:38
Events hall finally complete. Let's hope for a good evening! http://t.co/55IjviJGpF
17/07/2014 17:38
RT @TeamCrunch: Our freelancer event with @insidepcg is about to kick off in 30 mins in Tower Hill, London. Feel free to go along - http://…
17/07/2014 17:12
17/07/2014 15:31
There are now over 4.5million #selfemployed people working in the UK. Are you one of the best? Enter http://t.co/KEcpvAOi7R and win £5k!
17/07/2014 14:10
The Women's Freelance Network is running a networking event next Thursday for female small business owners in London. http://t.co/JxHLM6sQWc
17/07/2014 13:23
RT @BandSFreelancer: New figures from the @ONS show that self-employment is on the rise & @insidepcg say it’s a cause for celebration http:…
17/07/2014 08:41
RT @mstelmaszak: Self-employment rises again and continues to drive economic recovery http://t.co/htYHi7kVMf by @insidepcg #freelancing