Number of UK Self-Employed on the Rise

Latest ONS figures show that freelancer numbers are up by 30,000 compared to the same three-month period last year

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’s section on freelancing and contracting here.

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