Self-employment up by 30,000

They may have felt less confident between July and September, but self-employed people became a growing force over the period for the first time in seven months.

In fact, the UK’s self-employed and freelance population increased by some 30,000 in the three months to September, compared to the same time in 2014, figures show.

Published by the ONS, the figures were seized on by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed as proof that independent workers are “here to stay.”

The association added: “The figures show the resilience of the self-employed sector in what is becoming an increasingly difficult regulatory environment.”

Self-employment (4.55m workers) now accounts for 14% of the UK’s 31.2 million-strong workforce which, in the three months to September, stood at a record high in employment.

It is not the first time that self-employment has followed suit by rising in line with the wider labour force – a rise that IPSE says is “welcome” for coming after a seven-month period of decline.

 

18th November 2015

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