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Equality North East

Uncovering the diversity of the self-employed sector

Understanding the sector's diversity can help businesses attract, engage and retain the best talent

Abstract

As evidenced by last year’s Taylor Review into modern working practices, and this year's government response to it, more people than ever are opting for the freedom and flexibility of self-employment. The UK’s self-employed population has grown by 20% since 2011. The 4.8 million people working for themselves now make up 15% of the entire UK labour force. As self-employment has risen, however, so too has a pernicious myth about the self-employed: that they are all alike and can be treated in the same way. This myth has affected businesses and policymakers; leading to a one-size-fits-all approach.

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April 11, 2018

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