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Number of self-employed mothers has doubled in the last 10 years


With the increased flexibility and positive work-life balance that contracting offers, it's no surprise to learn that a recent survey has revealed that the number of self-employed mothers has doubled since 2008.

The report 'Exploring the rise of self-employment in the modern economy', compiled by Kingston University and IPSE, shows that more mothers than ever before are choosing the contracting life, putting the current figure at 594,000 and accounting for one in seven of all self-employed people in the UK.

The most popular areas for these self-employed mothers includes associate and technical occupations (137,000), professional occupations (125,000) and caring, leisure and other service occupations (123,000).

Corinne Stuart, IPSE’s Head of Commercial Development, commented, “On International Women’s Day, these results show just how useful and important self-employment can be for women who want to work and spend time with their children. In the last eight years, more women than ever before have recognised how invaluable the flexibility of self-employment can be, allowing them to both earn an income and spend time with their children. For many, it is also vital means of moving back into the workforce.”

Corinne added, “As more and more mothers and other women opt for the freedom and flexibility of working for themselves, it is important for the Government to recognise how liberating and beneficial self-employment can be, and ensure it remains a viable career path for all. It should make a particular effort to ensure self-employed mothers have all the assistance and support they need, such as by making them – like employees – eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay.”

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