More people choosing self-employment, with female contractors leading the way

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Recent data has revealed that there are now more people than ever choosing to join the self-employed sector.

The latest and Oxford Economics survey has shown that there are now 134,000 small creative businesses now operating within the UK, which are in turn opening up further opportunities for contractors and permanent workers alike, as figures show that they currently employ as many as 192,000 people.

With other reports revealing that contractors are seeing high demand – such as the REC’s JobsOutlook data showing how reliant businesses are on the self-employed and Alexandra Mann Solutions urging firms not to ignore the growing ‘gig-economy’, it’s easy to see why popularity within the contracting sector is growing.

The recent survey also found that female self-employed workers are leading the way with this movement and this isn’t the first time that this has been reported, as women find the flexibility and work-life balance of contracting much easier when they have children and child care to take into account. 

Simon Belsham, Chief Executive of, commented on the report, “In the last 10 years, thousands of small creative businesses have emerged all over the UK, creating jobs, driving wealth creation and contributing significantly to the economy.

He added, “Perhaps most importantly, however, these businesses are highlighting the huge change underway in the UK workforce, a transformation that is seeing more women in work and more people turning to self-employment and flexible working as they shun the traditional nine-to-five model.”


Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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