UK self-employment growth being driven by part-timers

Part-time workers accounted for 1.2% of the overall 1.6% increase in self-employment between 2008 and 2015

The number of self-employed workers increased from 3.8 million in 2008 to 4.6 million in 2015.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of part-time, self-employed workers grew 88% between 2001 and 2015, compared to 25% for full-time, self-employed workers.
Part-time workers accounted for 1.2 percentage points of the overall 1.6 percentage point increase in self-employment between 2008 and 2015.
There was little evidence of older part-time workers moving to a full-time position, job searching or experiencing dissatisfaction with their status.
Further findings: ž
  • older workers are more likely to make the transition from full-time to part-time self-employment than younger workers ž
  • full-time workers are choosing to enter part-time self-employment rather than retirement.
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