Self-Employed sector continues to grow

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Latest figures have shown that the self-employed sector has grown significantly – by 76,000 compared to this time last year.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), welcomes the recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, saying that this shows the continued rise and resilience of the self-employed sector, despite economic and political uncertainty.

The report also found that the number of women in full-time self-employment has continued to grow.

Ryan Barnett, IPSE’s Economic Policy Adviser, commented, “The self-employed sector is one of the UK’s biggest competitive advantages, contributing no less than £275bn to the economy each year.

“This data shows this sector is going from strength to strength because the freedom and flexibility of this way of working are still very attractive to people across the UK.

“What’s more, remote working opportunities, shared workspaces and new technology continue to open this way of working up to more and more people.”

He added, “To maintain and develop this vital sector, the government should give it the support it needs. Above all, it should not add more confusion to it with the hugely damaging proposed changes to IR35 next April.”

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