National Freelancers Day is on Wednesday

A day next week dedicated to celebrating freelancing and independent work will this year be launched on behalf of more people than ever before.

In fact, November 19 is National Freelancers Day, a 24-hour showcasing of self-employment and its workers, of whom there are at least 4.5million -- 6.6% more than last year.

Freelancers’ body IPSE, which organises the annual event, says the figures from the ONS show that almost 15% of the UK’s workforce is made up of independent workers.

Released on Wednesday, the figures also show that the biggest rise was in the number of people working self-employed on a full-time basis (186,000), as opposed to a part-time basis.

Women emerged as the standout demographic, as the ONS data shows that the number of females ‘going it alone’ between July and September is up almost 9% on the same period last year.

Their growth rate trumps that for self-employed men, pointed out IPSE, which said that youngsters, including fresh university-leavers, are also increasingly freelancing.

“We will be celebrating the consistent rise of people becoming their own boss on National Freelancers Day on 19 November,” reflected IPSE’s chief executive Chris Bryce.

“This is the UK's biggest celebration of the enterprising individuals who make the brave decision to go it alone and will showcase the important work of freelancers up and down the country.”

Endorsed recently by Lorely Burt, the government ambassador for women and enterprise, ‘NFD 2014’ will culminate with a headline event at London’s Tech City.

There, a panel of politicians, freelancers and business experts will discuss the rise of self-employment and its implications on policy-making for the next government.

Supporting events where attendees will be able to tune in to the debate and submit their own questions to the expert panel will also be held on Wednesday evening, in Manchester and Edinburgh.

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