Self-employed sector sees significant growth

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Contractors are continuing to thrive, despite the current political turmoil that the UK is experiencing.

Latest findings have revealed that the self-employed sector is continuing to prosper throughout the country.

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has shown that the number of Brits working within the self-employed sector has risen by 175,000 compared to this time last year.

This includes more than 60,000 people in highly skilled technical work and an extra 50,000 in construction.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) welcome these latest findings.

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Ryan Barnett, IPSE’s Economic Policy Advisor, commented, “These statistics show just how attractive the opportunities, freedom and flexibility of freelancing are. Despite political turbulence, freelancers are creating businesses and driving innovation with their dynamism and get-up-and-go spirit.”

He added, “The government must make sure the self-employed can fire on all cylinders by giving them real support. It should give them not only fair parental rights and pensions, but also a tax system that is fit for the digital era. Only then will we unlock the true value of the 4.8 million people who now add £275bn to the economy.”

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