UK self-employed

Number of UK Self-Employed on the Rise

Number of UK Self-Employed on the Rise

New Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures has revealed that the number of self-employed individuals has risen by 30,000 in the three months to September – compared to the same period in 2014. The news follows a seven-month period of decline in freelancer numbers and coincides with a record high in employment numbers. Discussing the figures, Simon McVicker, IPSE’s policy director, commented: “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.” For more advice and information regarding self-employment, check out our sister site Startups.co.uk’s section on freelancing a... »

UK Self-employed: A Quarter May Move Overseas

UK Self-employed: A Quarter May Move Overseas

Almost a quarter of self-employed people are considering moving abroad in the next five years, research from currency broker Foreign Currency Direct has found. The survey of 2,000 self-employed people revealed that for those weighing up leaving the UK, Australia and New Zealand were the most popular destinations, followed by North America and Asia. The main reasons given for leaving the UK were a better work-life balance overseas, the prospect of further UK tax rises and other countries offering a greater chance of building a more profitable business. Foreign Currency Direct director, Stephen Hughes said that given the state of the economy, it is hardly surprising that so many self-employed people are considering moving their businesses abroad. “We’ve seen a significant jump in... »