Number of UK self-employed “continues to soar”

98,000 more people went self-employed in the three months up to November 2015 than in the same period in 2014...

Now, more than ever before, people in the UK are choosing to set up as self-employed with a 98,000 rise in the number of self-employed from September to November 2015; compared to the same period in 2014.

The latest figures come from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and are said to indicate the rising number of people who are “realising the benefits of self-employment and opting to become their own boss”.

Commenting on the news, Lorence Nye; economic policy advisor for the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), said:

“The self-employed are now a key part of the UK economy. Their flexibility provides us with a unique characteristic that has powered the UK through the financial crisis and may be the one thing that shelters the country from the potential global economic storm appearing on the horizon.

“We hope the government will continue to implement tailored policies to help this essential sector flourish to allow for the UK to retain its competitive edge.”

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