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IPRO: The Independent Professional Seminar with keynote speaker Professor Andrew Burke

CAIM hosted a very interesting and thought provoking seminar on 28 March 2017 with the keynote address from Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of TCD School of Business and Chairman of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment ( – the London-based IPSE international think tank on freelancing.

Professor Burke is a champion of the benefits of freelance professional experts to industry, economies and the experts themselves, and he has carried out extensive research and provided high level advice to governments on the subject.

Companies engaged in innovative projects usually need temporary access to specialist skills, and self-employed experts are an ideal source. Freelance professionals facilitate innovation in industry, which is a catalyst for economic growth. The construction industry relies heavily on contract professionals, transforming fixed costs into variable costs and allowing building companies to tender competitively for multiple projects.

A key element of his analysis is the distinction to be made between freelancers struggling to earn a living wage, who may need state protections, and professional high earners – the IPROs – whose value and ability to thrive depends on being free of restrictions and entitlements.