Umbrella company contractors will be interested to learn that latest research has shown that the number of self-employed workers has increased significantly over the last few months.
Reports have shown the number of self-employed individuals in the UK rose by 224,000 to 4.76 million in the three months to July 2016, compared to the previous year.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have responded to the news.
Lorence Nye, IPSE Economic Adviser, commented on these latest findings, “Today’s figures mark a continued trend of individuals making the choice to work for themselves. The number of self-employed workers is soaring, growing almost four times faster than employees, and this is a sign of a long-term structural change in the labour market. There’s little evidence of this trend slowing any time soon, and it appears the uncertainty around Brexit didn’t stop these workers going it alone in the run-up to the referendum.”
He added, “Since 2011, the self-employed workforce has grown by 21 per cent, and the fastest growing segment of these workers are those in highly skilled or professional roles. This group alone contributed £109 billion to the UK economy in 2015. With independent professionals in higher demand than ever before, that figure is only likely to increase year-on-year.”