Self-employed are ‘overwhelmingly’ happy with their work life

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IPSE: ‘There’s a reason the number of freelancers in the UK has shot up by 47 per cent in the last ten years: as this research shows, the freedom and flexibility of freelancing can be a real boost to happiness and work satisfaction’.

According to a recent survey, contractors are ‘overwhelmingly’ happy with self-employment.

The data, collected by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), revealed that 77% of contractors said that they were happy with working for themselves, while just five per cent said they were not.

It was also revealed that people are going into self-employment for positive reasons, such as:

  • Having greater flexibility (88%)
  • The freedom of choosing where they work (83%)
  • Choosing when they work (84%)

Just 19% said the reason was because of losing their job.

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Chloé Jepps, Head of Research at IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), commented, “There’s a reason the number of freelancers in the UK has shot up by 47 per cent in the last ten years: as this research shows, the freedom and flexibility of freelancing can be a real boost to happiness and work satisfaction.

“From this, it’s clear that not only are people going freelance for overwhelmingly positive reasons like getting a better work-life balance; they are also significantly happier working for themselves. Freelancing isn’t necessarily the answer for everyone, but if you’re reconsidering your job situation on Blue Monday, it might be worth thinking about working for yourself.”

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