Decline in freelance numbers across Germany

April 28, 2022 |

Navigating Changes in Freelance Regulations in Germany

The recent implementation of the Statusfestellungsverfahren has sparked concerns within the freelance community in Germany, particularly regarding its impact on the workforce. The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) Deutschland sheds light on the potential challenges and implications of these regulatory changes.

Statusfestellungsverfahren Challenges and Concerns

André Sola, Managing Director of APSCo Deutschland, addresses the uncertainties surrounding the Statusfestellungsverfahren. While the procedure aims to provide a reliable status determination, issues such as the lack of digital processes contribute to delays. Of major concern is the potential for freelancers to work outside Germany, undermining the regulation’s intended scope.

Collaborative Efforts for Freelance Compliance

APSCo Deutschland is actively engaged with policymakers to enhance and refine the regulation. The association emphasizes the need for amendments that promote straightforward compliance and foster a dynamic freelance workforce. The goal is to establish a balance between legal certainty and flexibility in the evolving world of freelancing.

Talent Shortage in Germany: A Multifaceted Challenge

Tania Bowers, Global Public Policy Director at APSCo, underscores the broader context of Germany’s talent shortage. Factors such as a looming retirement cliff and a skills gap among the younger workforce contribute to the crisis. While acknowledging the government’s commitment to a modern labor market, APSCo emphasizes the necessity for robust employment legislation supported by digital processes.

Guidance for Policymakers: Redefining Self-Employment

APSCo Deutschland provides crucial guidance to policymakers, proposing a refined definition of independent freelancers as “business to business.” This distinction seeks to align regulations with the diverse nature of freelance work, differentiating it from traditional employment structures.

Global Talent Recognition and Modernized Immigration Laws

In addition to addressing domestic concerns, APSCo calls for recognition of highly skilled foreign workers. The association advocates for streamlined processes for recognizing foreign qualifications and professional registrations. Moreover, APSCo emphasizes the need for modernized citizenship laws and skilled immigration legislation to attract a diverse range of talents.


Charting the Future: Advocacy for a Robust Freelance Ecosystem

APSCo Deutschland remains committed to collaborating with policymakers to shape employment legislation. The association strives to ensure the voice of the recruitment sector is heard, contributing to the development of a resilient and inclusive freelance ecosystem in Germany.

Source: Employer News

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