Prediction of freelancing boom backed

A forecast that the number of self-employed freelancers will increase has been indirectly backed by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

The association gave the backing on Wednesday, when fresh figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that self-employment now stands at 4.64million.

The figures mean that self-employment has risen by 120,000 in the three months leading up to February 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.

They also mean that Co-Operatives UK was right to foresee the freelance ranks ‘swelling,’ as all freelancers are increasing in number, both full-timers (up 3.0%) and part-timers (up 1.3%).

Taken alongside anecdotal and research-based evidence, the ONS figures have prompted IPSE to draw a conclusion similar to the Co-Operatives’.

The association said: “The vast majority of self-employed people love what they do, and are very unlikely to seek regular employment. This suggests we will continue to see increases in the number of people working independently.”

 

24th April 2016

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