The rise of flex brokers and contract brokers leads to concerns among self-employed entrepreneurs, interest groups for self-employed people say Monday in Het Financieele Dagblad ( FD ). It is estimated that around 150,000 self-employed people in the Netherlands are hired by companies through these so-called 'brokers'. These brokers take over the administration, invoicing and liability risks from companies.
"The added value of this link in the flex chain is usually zero, and the parties do not feel any social responsibility," says Denis Maessen of the Platform for Independent Entrepreneurs (PZO) in the FD . According to Maessen, companies are only aiming to reduce entrepreneurial risks such as illness and to reduce self-employed rates.
The turnover of these brokers amounted to 2 billion euros in 2018 and is growing fast. Maessen points to the lack of legislation as the culprit of 'proliferation'. "This has only been possible due to the inability of multiple cabinets to pass clear self-employed legislation," he says.
In the business newspaper, interest groups PZO and Stichting ZZP Nederland point to the problems at ING, where payroll company TCP Solutions did not have enough money to pay out ING flex workers. The bank then also did not want to guarantee wages, as a result of which the flex workers had not been paid since the end of June.
"The pressure on liquidity can be enormous for brokers, because they often promise to pay self-employed people within a few days while the end customer takes months to do so," explains Igor Meijs of Freelance Factoring, a company that claims from self-employed people without employees. buys up and int.