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    MedComms Networking - 18 February 2020


    A question I was asked last week was this; "In these days of ultra-flexible employment packages, what exactly is the appeal of 'being a freelancer'?".

    I asked the #MedComms Workbook freelancers over the weekend - and here are their responses.

    They've provided a fascinating insight into the motivations of established freelancers and useful food for thought for anyone who is considering making the move. Importantly, though, I'd also suggest they're valuable insights for HR managers, freelance commissioners and their colleagues in the UK who should be thinking hard - and fast, now - about how to plan for resourcing projects over the coming weeks. The medical communications freelance community will have to evolve and at least some working practices are going to have to change as a result of the new IR35 rules that are - we assume - coming very soon. Are you ready for them?

    Most interesting perhaps is the use of the word "flexible". I don't think the freelancers, and the HR managers and their colleagues, are using it to mean quite the same thing.

    What do you think? Please share and comment and debate as widely as possible.

    Research published this week by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) suggests that a third of freelancers plan to stop contracting in the UK because of IR35 changes... Really?

    All being well, I'll have some interesting survey data of our own about the IR35 changes to share next week. We'll see.

    If you're a freelancer in MedComms and want to join the lively discussions amongst our subscribers then here's more information.

    And if you're on the client side in the UK, may I respectfully point out that it's quite likely that the IR35 rules will change in a matter of a very few weeks. These changes will surely affect the working practices and relationships between at least some freelancers and their clients but, for now, it's still not clear exactly how many will be affected, or in what ways. There's been very little public discussion and unintended consequences are likely. Now would be a good time to talk to your freelancers and discuss what might happen.

    Meanwhile, my thanks to Rob Harris (Global Talent Lead) and Phil Matthews (Portfolio Director and Team Lead), both of Envision Pharma Group, who joined me for last week's MedComms webinar to talk about their Envisionary Leadership programme. That video is now available here.

    And I'm looking forward to talking tomorrow with Sally Stringer and Edward Rochford , both of HealthCare 21 Communications (part of the Lucid Group), Sarah Fogg , an independent learning and development consultant, and Stephanie Wasek , a freelance medical writing specialist, about Training and Nurturing Expertise in Medical Writing. Please join us.

    Next week, we'll talk about Strategic thinking for account managers in medical communications.

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
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