From October 18th to 27th 2019, European Freelancers Week (or #EFWeek) returns for it’s 4th year.

It’s a 10 day campaign of promoting freelancer-focused events across the region that are independently organized but are usually related to an important freelance topic.

Fostering The Freelance Ecosystem

The number of independent professionals, or freelancers, in the EU-28 rose by 24% from 7.7 million to 9.6 million between 2008 and 2015, according to research published by IPSE.

This year’s topic is Freelance Ecosystems in Europe, putting the spotlight on the people, movements, organizations and communities that exist to make freelancing a little less lonely.

As millennials age, many who experience conventional career “success” are often left unsatisfied with their jobs. However, it’s not just the steep drop in employer provided pensions. From 60% of full time workers in 1982 to barely 14% of full time workers in 2015.

Getting involved and celebrating freelancing in Europe is really simple:

  1. Come up with an event (no matter how big or small) that helps freelancers discover more of their support ecosystem.
  2. Add it to the map.
  3. During EFWeek, support freelancers at your event and/or show support for others by attending other events around you.
  4. Share, share, share (with the #EFWeek hashtag) online and offline.

About European Freelancer’s Week

European Freelancers Week was inspired by events in different countries. In Italy, the first Freelance Day was held in 2013 in Torino, supported by ACTA. IPSE has long organized a National Freelancers Day in the United Kingdom. In 2016 a group of activists from several EU freelancers organizations got together to plan EFW.

The inspiration behind a region wide program is to create a single week in which many events would take place in different cities across Europe with the common goal of bringing together independent professionals.

This year The European Coworking Assembly, have stepped in to coordinate the campaign. Along with partners such as included.co, they are working towards growing this annual event to support more freelancers over the coming years.

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