IPSE is at the forefront of research into freelancing and self-employment. We work with our members, leading academic institutions and research agencies to to shed light on the needs and interests of freelancers so we can champion them in government and across industry. 

Trending stats

 

80%

80% of freelancers felt that moving to self-employment had at least a somewhat positive impact on their mental health.

£316 billion

The solo self-employed contributed an estimated £316 billion to the UK economy in 2020.

 

£537

Freelancers' average day rates have now increased to their highest levels since the establishment of the Confidence Index in 2014.

 

Flexibility

The key reasons people go freelance are for the flexibility (88%) and control over work (88%) it offers.

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Gender equality in the workplace has been widely talked about but very little is known about the experiences of women in self-employment.

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This annual report with Kingston University looks at the demographic and occupational trends of the solo self-employed sector in the UK  with a focus on highly skilled freelancers.

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Freelancer Confidence Index hub image

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.

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In our latest report we aim to uncover who are the disabled self-employed, what are their motivations for entering self-employment, what are the key challenges they face and how can we better support them.

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While more and more people are enjoying the wellbeing benefits of self-employment, such as freedom, flexibility and control, they are also facing more of the same challenges.

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Freelancer Confidence Index hub image


We look at the financial wellbeing of the self-employed and some of the measures that can ensure that self-employment is a sustainable, fulfilling and financially rewarding way of life.

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Recent reports 

 

Freelancer Confidence Index Q2 2021

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 Q2 2021.

Supporting the self-employed: Assessing the concerns and support needs of the sector

The report examines the current concerns of the self-employed sector and what further support and benefits freelancers need in order to make a success of their businesses. It also examines the extent to which freelancers feel supported by the UK government and concludes with a series of recommendations on how government and industry can better support the sector.

Lockdowns and support gaps: Counting the cost of the pandemic on self-employment

This report examines the impact of the pandemic, over a year on from its onset, on freelancers’ businesses and income whilst also reviewing the approaches taken by freelancers to mitigate against the pandemic and their plans for the future. The report also focuses on how the pandemic and gaps in economic support have influenced freelancers' attitudes towards government.

 

A library of insights

Resource library

As part of IPSE’s commitment to learning more about the self-employed sector, 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.

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Our research provides us with fresh insights and statics that not only help government and industry understand the self-employed sector, but also power our policy campaigns to improve the business environment and make the UK a better place to be freelance. 

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

We run many surveys throughout the year, so click on the link below to see what we have coming up. If we're inbetween surveys don't worry, we'll advertise these through our membership emails and on our social channels. 

 

 

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