The report is written in a straightforward way so as to be practical and completely unambiguous. I would welcome feedback from the self-employed sector, with whom I feel a particular affinity. In this report I have tried to accurately portray the views and concerns that have been expressed to me. I hope I have done this in a way that does justice to the level of input I have received and that my recommendations make a real difference, as that has been my motivation in overseeing this project.
I would like to draw particular attention to the following themes which run consistently through my findings:
- Importance / Significance – The number of self-employed in the UK currently stands at 4.6m, an all-time high. Furthermore this number is growing and the trend seems set to continue. This group now represents 15% of the UK workforce making a considerable and positive contribution to the country’s economy. Much of the growth seen over the last few years has been driven by this sector.
- Motivation – The majority of the self-employed have made a positive choice to be so and have no plans to return to employment. They have found a good balance with work/life commitments and are often happier.
- Diversity – The self-employed are not one homogenous group however the recommendations made as a result of this review aim to benefit all members of this group.
- Evolution – Technology has had a tremendous impact, particularly over the last ten years. The many factors within the self-employed landscape have changed, including age profile and, the methods and even the location of where they work.
- Equality and Fairness – choosing to be self-employed should not mean that people are disadvantaged in the support that they receive from Government. It is important that with the increased growth in self-employment, and the subsequent benefits that this group brings to the economy, that there are systems in place to support the self-employed in the same way as the employed. Government should consider extending support to the self-employed in areas where there is discrepancy between support for the self-employed and support for employees.
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Self-employment in Canada – Aging and the shift of employment to older age groups led to an increase in the aggregate self-employment rate
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Self-employment in UK – More than two in five new jobs created since mid-2010 have finds Trades Union Congress
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Government ministers like to talk about the jobs created on their watch, but over the last few years lots of people have been creating their own jobs. Three quarters of the increase in employment since 2008 has come from self-employment. Source: ONS employment statistics Some have hailed this as the sign of a new entrepreneurial … Continue reading
The number of self-employed people in Britain has shot up by 367,000 since the financial crisis, according to official figures, becoming the fastest growing sector in the labour market and masking a fall in the number of employees, as many were forced to make their own way because of the global downturn. In recent months, … Continue reading
Older workers have propelled the increase in self-employment that has helped to hold down the jobless rate since the economic crisis began, a Financial Times analysis shows. The proportion of workers who are self-employed has climbed to a record 14 per cent over the past four years – helping to keep a lid on unemployment … Continue reading