Growth in self-employment driven by higher earners

The rapid growth of self-employment in the UK to nearly five million workers has been driven by people in higher-paid work, such as accountancy, law and management consultancy, a report by the Resolution Foundation has found.

It says the "privileged" self-employed, with good educational qualifications and higher earnings, made up 57 per cent of the growth in self-employment after 2009. They also typically earned much more than the average worker, at between £45,000 and £65,000 a year.

Adam Corlett, Economic Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, says: “Rising self-employment has been the biggest jobs story of the last decade, accounting for almost half of all employment growth since the financial crisis.

“… the real recent growth area for the self-employed has been in lucrative sectors such as advertising and banking. This rise is driven in part by a very favourable tax treatment worth thousands of pounds a year to higher earners."

The report noted that for someone in a "privileged" role earning £100,000, switching to being self-employed saves £7,000 in lower employer NICs contributions. It does however say point out some well-documented problems experienced by the self-employed, such as a lack of legal protection, and the fact that the self-employed are less likely to save for a pension.

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