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Women in Self-Employment

This report explores the perceptions, attitudes and concerns of self-employed women, as well as their experiences in self-employment.

IR35 in the Private Sector Results

IPSE's survey showing the damage the changes to IR35 will do to contractors, clients and the economy.

What Makes a Freelancer?

‘What makes a freelancer?’ explores some of the key reasons that the UK population are increasingly turning to freelancing. It also highlights some of the challenges they encounter in self-employment and the areas where freelancers need more support.

The Freelance Project and Gig Economies of the 21st Century

This report examines the role of highly-skilled freelancers doing project and gig work in the 21st Century British Economy. It builds on research put together by Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin and Chair of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE), in 2012 on the use of freelancers, and how effective they are in adding value for both small firms and large corporations.

Making Self-Employment Work for Disabled People

With the number of disabled people in self-employment rising by 30 per cent in the last five years alone, IPSE and Community teamed up to answer some of the burning questions about this under-researched sector such as: who are the disabled self-employed, what are their motivations for entering self-employment and what are the key challenges they face?

Self-Employment in the Modern Economy in 2018

This report provides a demographic snapshot of the entire solo self-employed sector in 2018 and sheds further light on the makeup of the crucial highly skilled freelance workforce. This edition also focuses on the key changes and trends in the sector over the last 10 years.

Freelancer Confidence Index Q3 2018

The survey measures overall trends in the market for freelancers in order to identify inflationary pressures, business confidence, and an overview of freelancers’ perception of general economic conditions for Q3 of 2018.

The Path to Prosperity

This research by IPSE and Sherpa sheds light on the financial welfare of the self-employed and how people can ensure that self-employment is a sustainable, fulfilling and financially rewarding way of life.