EU Referendum and Contractors
There’s been a new poll on the EU Referendum and what contractors think.
According to a new poll from FreeAgent, contractors and small businesses want to stay in the European Union by a vast majority.
In fact they want to stay by more than four to one.
Here is the FreeAgent poll results when they ask them if the want to leave the EU.
EU Referendum Poll Results
- Yes – 18% (63 out of 346)
- No – 73% (253 out of 346)
- I don’t know – 9% (30 out of 346)
That’s an astonishing difference. Even young people are not going to vote to Remain by such a huge margin.
So, why do most contractors want to stay in the EU?
Perhaps it is becasue many of them have had the opportunity of working in places like German, France and the Netherlands. Maybe they want the opportunity to continue to do so.
Higher Contract Rates
Rates are appreciably higher in some of the European countries than they are in the UK.
UK freelancers have a high reputation in Europe especially in IT.
One advantage is that they speak English – which most computer languages are wriitten in.
Pehaps it is because they are risk takers that freelancers are less fearful than others of immigration.
I know, from my own experience, that many IT departments in European countries make it a prerequisite that anybody they hire has to be able to speak English.
A lot of the documentation is in English too.
More Contractors in the EU
I would suspect that there are a lot more UK IT Contractors working in the EU than there are EU IT Contractors working in the UK.
The biggest danger, and competion for UK contractors, lies outside the EU with contractors form developing countries.
One would bet that permies wouldn’t want to stay in the EU by such a large margin. Indeed there may be no majority at all with permies.
Stay or Leave
When asked what effect the EU would have on their business contractors said:-
- I think leaving the EU would have a positive impact on my business – 5% (18 out of 346)
- I think leaving the EU would have a negative impact on my business – 49% (168 out of 346)
- I don’t think leaving the EU would have any impact on my business – 32% (109 out of 346)
- I don’t know what impact leaving the EU would have on my business – 14% (48 out of 346)
So, do you agree with the Remain contractors or the Brexit ones?