‘Odd jobbing’ self-employment may be masking signs of trouble

CPID’s response to unemployment figures

  • Analysis of the official statistics finds a sharp rise in self-employment more than accounting for the small fall in unemployment
  • Previous analysis from the CIPD found that the recent rise was less a sign of a resurgent enterprise culture and more evidence of a growing army of part-time ‘odd jobbers’ desperate to avoid unemployment
  • Unemployment will edge up again over the course of the summer
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