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Self-Employment in UK – 4.6m, an all-time high

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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