Campaigning for you

One community, one voice

Whether you identify as being self-employed or as a freelancer, a contractor or a business owner, a founder or an entrepreneur or a gig worker, we are the one voice to represent all.

Whatever you call yourself, we represent you and guide you on your journey ahead.

IPSE is... One community, one voice

  • Your credible and trusted voice: The self-employed are stronger together. That’s why we bring you together, to champion and advocate on your behalf to government and industry.
  • Run by members, for all the self-employed: We are driven by the strength of our members. We provide you with a safety net and a community, but we work to better the environment for the UK’s 4.8 million self-employed.




Our members...

  • Value freedom and flexibility
  • Take risks to pursue rewards
  • Are passionate and brave in what they do
  • Strive to be experts in their fields
  • Celebrate the diversity of self-employment
  • Are stronger together, through a united voice to industry and government.

IPSE Research

IPSE is at the forefront of research into freelancing and self-employment. We work with our members, leading academic institutions and research agencies to provide empirical evidence about evolving market trends and the role of self-employment in the modern economy.

The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) is the leading international think tank working to improve the understanding of the self-employment sector and its impact on the economy. IPSE is proud to have been a driver in the creation of this pioneering think tank that is motivated and informed by real business practice and public policy.

Armed with more knowledge, we are in a better position to influence policy-makers and create a fairer, friendlier environment for anyone working for themselves. We regularly ask for our members to get involved with our leading research work, so you can make your voice heard at the highest levels of Government and industry. Have a read through our previous research reports.






IPSE Campaigns

Our Policy and External Affairs team work with Government, Parliament and right across the political landscape to make the UK a fairer place to be freelance or self-employed.

Not only do we carry out innovative research and develop robust policy; we also work with partners right across the sector and build relationships with key decision-makers in Government. 

Our recent policy work has been some of the most significant in IPSE’s history, with repeat visits to Downing Street and our flagship Policy Conference attracting key decision-makers from Westminster and beyond. Find out more about the work we are doing in our Policy team.

Join today

No time like the present, join IPSE today and become part of the largest membership for the self-employed in the UK. Get protected, meet others like you and grow your self-employed business.


When you're self-employed it can sometimes feel like you're a small fish in a very big pond. Having IPSE fighting your corner is invaluable. From lobbying government on freelancer rights and policy, to providing access to the perks normally reserved for employees, being an IPSE member is the smart play.

Colin Stuart

Astronomy author, writer and speaker

Joining IPSE is one of the single most important things a freelancer can do. Freelancing is a fun, exciting, adventure – but it can have its challenges too. And let’s be honest, at times, can be isolating. Joining IPSE is like having a team of cheer leaders who have your back every step of the way. They have information at their fingertips, lobby on your behalf and keep you constantly connected. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend joining IPSE, it gives you such a strong sense of being part of a wider community and that your voice matters.

Faye Dicker

Founder, Freelance Mum

IPSE gives freelancers the support they need to thrive in today's market. For me, the best part of IPSE membership is attending the organised events as I always learn something new and make useful connections.

Luke Nicholson

Improve Your Accent, Founder