More women in self-employment than ever before, but they need more childcare support
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Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that recent ONS data has revealed that there are now 1.5 million female contractors in the UK, which is up by a third since 2011.
With so many women now choosing the self-employed route, a recent report from the Women and Work All Parliamentary Group (APPG) have called on the government to lend more support to working parents with regards to Statutory Maternity Pay and tax-free childcare.
Both the IPSE and the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) welcome the report’s urge to have tax-free childcare offered to self-employed parents first.
Simon McVicker, IPSE Director of Policy, said, “More and more women are choosing to work for themselves. Self-employment offers women the opportunity have a better, more flexible work-life balance, which is particularly beneficial should they choose to have children.
“The self-employed are only entitled to Maternity Allowance rather than Statutory Maternity Pay. It is vital the Government brings these in line if they want to make Britain a country that works for everyone.”
Jacquie Mills, Chair of the CVPA, commented, “The CVPA welcomes the extension of childcare support to self-employed parents. It’s something we’ve long called for, and the massive growth in the numbers of self-employed parents makes it more important than ever.
“We want the government to roll Tax-Free Childcare out to self-employed parents first, so they can benefit from this support as quickly as possible.
“We’re also calling on families to check their entitlements under Tax-Free Childcare now, so they can plan their family finances. Unfortunately the majority of families will receive nothing like the £2,000 the government talks about. We hope the government will keep Tax-Free Childcare under review to ensure it’s actually delivering for families.”