KIZO, independent research – self-employed work

KIZO stands for independent research and independent information. It provides a variety of directions and interests. In order to arrive at decisions that do justice to the diversity of the current labor market. That means to distance oneself from classical thinking: ‘one size fits all’.

From these values KIZO gives shape to its reorientation. The self employed people in the broader social economic context.

KIZO focuses itself on the current turning point in the way people organize their working lives. Specifically, the development of self-employed people in which he or she is part of a wider and layered context. The vision of KIZO includes sustainable and appropriate solutions. with the reorientation , in this broader and layered context, it’s not only about the interests that is specific to the independent professional, but also about all those other forms and issues from which work and society exist.

All workers will have to deal with the changing labor market. They will have to prepare to be manoeuvrable and flexible in order to continue to participate. Simultaneously, all workers have to have access to facilities that support him or her and social safety nets aimed at relieving the real ‘needs’. That’s how everyone will be able to continue to participate in a dignified way in our society.


Rapid high-tech developments and internationalization

The labor market has changed permanently. From a relatively straightforward structure – based on the context of industrial production, a job for life and many collective regulations – to a multiplex context. One that requires a response to a society that is dominated by variety, fast and high technological changes, globalization, numerous demographic trends and a permanently altered relationship between employer and employee.

An employer who has to be agile and dynamic and an emancipated employee who will be asked to shape their own work for life security. The job for life is no longer a starting point.

Developmental change and transitional change

With change and development the question whether the agreements still fits in the current time always arises. We see that reorientations lead to minor adjustment (referred to in the literature as developmental change), but there are also moments that there must be looked into components fundamentally and starting points on which the agreements are based (transitional change). Hereby the codes change and new meanings must be created and learned.

Independent position focused on sharing knowledge

KIZO plays its role of objective newcomer from its independent position with a permanent key within a diverse group of self-employed.

Existing institutions that are responsible for the current negotiated order and new parties who are boosting the changes will supply KIZO with studies, network and data, which can give shape to the reorientation and the new agreements. In our view, the turning point has already passed and new agreements that are appropriate to this timeframe must be crafted carefully, wherein we realize that this will suffer the usual tension that transitionals changes bring.   Every time and place has its own character and principles. Parts thereof are put down in laws, regulations, (un) written cultural / political beliefs and literature.


Qualitative (KIZO-research projects) and quantitative research (KIZO-ECHTZZP)

The value of (new) networks

–  The meaning that independent professionals also emerge in networks, focused on the acquisition, training, knowledge, reflection. Or who’ll form a collective to achieve certain social goals.

–  The meaning that an individual participate in multiple networks at the same time, even networks with opposing ideas.

–  How new networks or collectives organize solidarity.


Self-Employment and micro business in the European internal market

–  The European internal market, monitoring initiatives, and the meaning of working within the borders of Europe


Sectoral transitions and cross-sectoral shifts

–  The existing sector classification with the associated (subsidized by the government) Training & Development Funds, that are currently only accessible for people and companies that are affiliated with the classic representative associations.

–  How to give form to reality that in multiple industries for over 30% of the exporting volume is determined by independent professionals.


A basic level of securities

–  A pension system which should provide room to the new reality of working for different employers and sectors under different contracts.

–  A minimal disability insurance  optionally supplemented with own facilities.


Overdone legislation, flexibilisation and displacement

–  Focus on social developments which do not seem justified, like overdone flexibilisation and purchasing contracts, whereby contracting is done below de real fee. Also done by the government.

–  The mapping of (tax) legislation or research for approximation of legislation wherein the independent professional is put offside.

–  Providing insight into existing schemes which emanate from outdated paradigms where appearances are deceptive. Thus a broader issue than the (apparent) structures that are now being addressed.


New sociality, solidarity and self-reliance

In his lecture Needs and Wishes the sociologist Schuyt sets: ‘the values that are so  typical for the second half of the twentieth century – freedom, equality, social justice and solidarity – should be provided with a new formulation and content, and with that provide related issues of new analyzes and significance, for the first half of the twenty-first century.’

It is of great significance that an interdepartmental working group is working which will looks at the position of the independent professional in the Dutch social and labor system. The Millions Notes 2014-2015 has asked itself these questions and also of the consequences for the treasury. However, the surprisingly large increase in the number of self-employed also shows that the rate at which the labor market is changing will ask for a permanent deepening of the issues around sociality, solidarity and self-reliance.


Onderzoekspartners van KIZO

Vertegenwoordigende partners

ZZP Servicedesk

MKB Servicedesk

European Forum of Independent Professionals

FNV Zelfstandigen