Self-employment changing the face of the labour market

IPSE has responded to today’s (14 December) ONS employment figures, which showed self-employment increasing by 129,000 to 4.75 million in the three months to November.

Lorence Nye, IPSE Economic Adviser, commented: “The continued growth of self-employment reflects a permanent shift in the structure of the labour market. More people are recognising the benefits of being their own boss and working flexibly.

The rise in self-employment highlights the importance of the numerous reviews into employment practices. Chief among these is the Government-commissioned Matthew Taylor Review of workers’ rights. As self-employment becomes ever more widespread, we need to see radical thinking to ensure some of the biggest issues for these workers – pension provision, fair maternity pay, and simpler taxation – are addressed.”

 

Policy, Employment

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