Welcome to the website of the project ‘Self-employed without personnel: between freedom and insecurity’, a scientific research project about advantages and risks related to the rise in solo self-employment in Germany and the Netherlands.
While self-employment has long been associated primarily with agriculture (e.g. farmers) or trade (e.g. shopkeepers) recent growth in self-employment can be found in quite different occupations and sectors. The new self-employed without personnel are coaches, public relations officers, interim managers, bricklayers, carpenters, lorry drivers or home care workers. Many of these new self-employed without personnel appreciate their position, although some feel forced and find it hard to make a proper living, especially during the current economic crisis. How do self-employed without personnel deal with their insecure position. Why have they decided to become self-employed? And how do they prepare for the future? Our research project aims at providing evidence based insights with respect to advantages and risks of the growth of the number of self-employed without personnel in Germany and the Netherlands.
On Friday 1st of July 2016 we organised the final conference of the German-Dutch project “Self-employed without personnel: between freedom and insecurity". During this day, we shared and discussed our project results as well as provided a platform to discuss solo self-employment research beyond the project's borders. National and international scholars in our field, policy makers, trade union members and solo self-employed were all present during this day. This event took place in Utrecht University Hall, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The programme of the day is now available online.
The presentations of the speakers can be downloaded by clicking on the title of the contribution in the programme below.
The final report of the project will be published online soon.
For more information, please contact Wieteke Conen at W.S.Conen@uu.nl.
10h30 Arrival, welcome with coffee and tea
11h00 Welcome by prof.dr. Joop Schippers (Utrecht University)
11h10 Welcome by dr. Karin Schulze Buschoff (WSI)
11h15 Social security provisions, by prof. dr. Uwe Fachinger (University of Vechta)
11h45 Self-employed without personnel: between freedom and insecurity: project results, by dr. Wieteke Conen (Utrecht University)
13h30 Self-employment: independent ‘enterprise’, or precarious low-skilled work? The case of the UK, by mr. Nigel Meager (Director Institute for Employment Studies)
14h00 Free-riders or Outsiders: Why Don’t Self-employed Workers Join Interest Organizations?, by dr. Giedo Jansen (University of Twente)
14h45 Tea/ coffee break
15h15 Social protection for the self-employed, a legal perspective, by prof. dr. Mies Westerveld (University of Amsterdam)
15h45 The New Rise of Self-Employment and How to Interpret: Challenges and Contradictions, by prof. dr. Dieter Bögenhold (Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt)
16h30 Keynote address by Mariëtte Patijn (FNV, Member of the Executive Committee and Coordinator Terms of Employment)
16h45 Closing of the conference
17h00 End of meeting, drinks