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30,000 increase in number of UK self employed

Latest ONS figures show self-employed community is growing while a record 73.7% of the population are now in work

The number of self employed people in the UK has risen by 30,000 after a seven month decline, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The figure, for the three months up to September 2015, is significantly higher than the same point last year and coincides with a record high in employment in the labour market – the number of 16 to 64 year-olds in work has increased by 0.3% to 73.7%.

On the statistics, Simon McVicker, IPSE policy director, said:

‘The figures show the resilience of the self-employed sector in what is becoming an increasingly difficult regulatory environment. Make no mistake, independent professionals are a huge contributor to the flexibility and growth of our economy, they are here to stay.

“We will be celebrating the vital work of one part of the self-employed community with National Freelancers’ Day tomorrow, Thursday 12 November. It is an opportunity to showcase the value this part of the labour market brings to the UK economy.”

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.


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