More than 80% of new freelancers are female

More than eight in ten of the people who became self-employed in the final three months of last year were women, according to official labour market figures.

In fact, out of the 88,000 people who began working for themselves between October and December 2014, about 77,000 of them are female, found the Office of National Statistics.

Freelancers’ trade body IPSE yesterday welcomed the growth in self-employment, which is 2% up on the same period in 2013, but recognises that it is almost entirely thanks to women.

“The number of women ‘going it alone’ has dramatically increased…[by] 5.6 per cent,” said the body, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

It added: “The rise in the number of women heading into business for themselves over the last year is a whopping fourteen times higher than that of men.”

IPSE’s chief executive Chris Bryce, himself a former freelancer, regards it as “particularly pleasing” that the trend of women becoming their own boss is continuing “apace.”

Flagged up in March last year, the trend was analysed in 2012 when it became apparent that women were spotting ‘emerging lifestyle trends’ and setting up in business to monetise them.

Since then, women have trumped men in new website registrations. Perhaps more critically, their grasp on profitability is traditionally seen as giving them the edge over male-run start-ups, as is their personal or domestic set-up if they hail from a creative media background.

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18th February 2015

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