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Umbrella company workers believe that there are no advantages to working via an umbrella company, new IPSE research finds

New research from IPSE has found that despite over a third of self-employed workers operating through an umbrella company, over 3 in 5 umbrella company workers believe that there are no advantages in operating via an umbrella company.

IR35 reforms damage the ability for businesses to grow, new IPSE research finds

New research released by IPSE today shows that despite half of UK businesses (49%) stating that they could not achieve their level of growth and outcomes without the help of contractors, a significant number of companies (28%) have decreased the number of contracts they have given to freelancers since the reforms to IR35 in April 2021.

CEO update March 2022: Spring Statement, Managed Service Companies and more

In his March update, IPSE CEO Derek Cribb talks about the Spring Statement, HMRC's investigation into Managed Service Companies and the latest Freelance Confidence Index.

IPSE and CMME call on the government to end mortgage discrimination against the self-employed

IPSE and specialist mortgage provider for contract workers CMME are today calling on the government and the mortgage industry to end the discrimination against the self-employed.

IPSE Q4 2021 Freelancer Confidence Index: Quarterly earnings hit their highest reported figure since prior to the EU referendum

IPSE research shows that freelancers' average quarterly earnings soared in Q4 2021 to their highest level since prior to the EU referendum.

The Self-Employed 2021 Landscape Report

New research from IPSE has today revealed that the number of solo self-employed workers in the UK has fallen by 5 per cent from 4.3 million in 2020 to 4.1 million in 2021. The fall represents the second consecutive year that the solo self-employment sector has decreased since the 40 per cent growth in self-employed workers between 2008 and 2019.

IPSE Research: 7 in 10 freelancers concerned about saving for later life

IPSE and CMME research examines the impact of the pandemic and IR35 reforms on freelancers' ability to apply for a mortgage and access other financial products.

IPSE Q3 2021 Freelancer Confidence Index: Confidence falls as government tax changes start to take hold

IPSE research shows that freelancer confidence has fallen as the impact of IR35 reforms in the private sector in April 2021 start to take hold.