In April 2020, IR35 will expand from the public sector into the private sector and freelancers are worried they will not comply with IR35. IR35 is a legislation that was implemented to prohibit an employee from leaving their permanent job only to return as a contractor and provide the same service while at the same time, avoid paying tax and National Insurance at the higher rates.
In 2018, the EU -- along with any country doing business within the EU -- went through a GDPR frenzy. Massive corporations with unorganized, loose, personal data were constantly reminded that if they do not comply with GDPR rules, a massive fine would follow along with hours of labourious work to fix the problem. Many freelancers and small businesses still do not know what GDPR is exactly and do all facets of their business comply with the regulations.
Companies see the potential of the freelance economy and with it, they are adapting to the technology needed to manage freelance contracts. Cloud-based Freelance Management System (FMS) are being implemented in corporations to help HR and hiring employees with the paperwork needed to manage the administration of their new workforce.