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.

Research has a longstanding and important role in the development of IPSE’s policies – with our influence increasing significantly as a result of having the vital evidence to support and inform our policy positions. 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.

Our Research

We conduct, commission and publish new research on a regular basis. Here you can find our growing library of research into freelancing and self-employment.

Confidence Index

Quarterly survey that tracks the business performance and economic outlook of independent professionals and the self-employed in the UK.

Live Surveys

By taking part in our surveys, you will provide important insight into the self-employment market that supports our work with government and industry.


IPSE proudly supports and works with the CRSE, an international think tank working to improve the understanding of the self-employment sector.