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Today, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) held a trade fair – “Fair in Freelancing“. Targeting freelancers and service buyers in Singapore, the fair acts as a platform for the two to connect, network and explore collaborative business opportunities, as well as to educate participants on the conduct of fair trade.

According to a statement by NTUC, the fair attracted some 300 technology aggregators, businesses buyers and freelancers who specialise in the areas of creative and media, technology, events and entertainment, consulting and education.

Keith Chua, executive director from NTC Integration, said: “In our multi-projects based environment, there will often be periods where our internal team will not be able to handle all the workload and we will need external resources to augment our team.

“Working with freelancers gives us the flexibility to tap on specialised skills and experiences, allowing us to scale up our talent pools as and when needed. Having a management system to find and monitor such contingent labour is very important too.”

Fair attendees were able to access expert-led, practice-based talks covering areas including drafting a legal agreement; how one can transform independent talents into a competitive advantage; finding the right-fit freelancer for the organisation’s needs; and more.

Additionally, participants were able to learn about the government’s procurement processes as well as different resources available for freelancers via a sharing session by the Ministry of Finance.

Ang Hin Kee, director of freelancers and self-employed unit, and assistant director-general of NTUC commented: “Hopefully, participants at the fair can also become our spokepersons or influencers who can help advocate, and pass on what they learnt at the fair to other freelancers and service buyers too.”

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