The level of self-employment in the UK increased from 3.8 million in 2008 to 4.6 million in 2015.
The recent rise in self-employment is the extension of a trend started in the early 2000s
Part time self-employment grew by 88% between 2001 and 2015, compared to 25% for the full-time mode.
In general, self-employed workers are broadly content with their labour market status
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