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With a 334,000 (63%) rise in highly-skilled female contractors, this has driven the country’s self-employed revolution over the last 10 years.

According to latest research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the professions that saw the largest rises over the last decade were health, the arts and media, and functional directors within companies.

Interestingly, alongside an increase in senior-level women, the number of self-employed mothers rose by 80%.

Caroline Morgan from IPSE, commented on the findings, “This is brilliant news for the UK economy, with highly skilled women adding their knowledge and experience to a wide range of organisations and industries. Women are recognising that freelancing is a great career choice.

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“The senior women I speak to chose to be their own boss for a wide range of reasons, from variety in their career to balancing family life. As a freelancer I have been able to find that balance outside the confines of a corporate structure.

“The country increasingly relies on highly skilled freelancers to innovate and share knowledge across a wide range of industries as our labour force modernises to compete around the world.

“More than ever, this shows that freelancing is a feminist issue, and that we urgently need the Government to modernise its tax and employment systems to support it.”

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