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

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80%

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

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£303 billion

The solo self-employed contributed an estimated £303 billion to the UK economy in 2021.

 

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£584

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

 

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Flexibility

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

Recent reports 

 

Freelancer Confidence Index Q1 2022

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 Q1 2022.

Freelancer Confidence Index Q4 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 Q4 2021.

 

Find unique insights from our research mini-hubs 

 

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You can find our latest research into areas such as the impact of IR35 reforms, assessing the concerns of umbrella company workers and our work in understanding support gaps throughout the pandemic.

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We look at the financial wellbeing of the self-employed in areas such as late payment, the impact of the pandemic on freelancers' finances and our review of how frequently freelancers should pay their taxes.

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The only authoritative indicator on freelancers' business performance, our quarterly survey measures business and economic confidence in order to track index levels and identify inflationary pressures.

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Our research into the disabled self-employed focuses on the key challenges they face and how we can better support this vital and growing section of the self-employed community.

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We explore the importance of exercise and taking time off as a freealancer, the benefits of remote working whilst also assessing the impact of the pandemic on freelancers' mental health and wellbeing.

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Our latest research focuses on the experiences of pioneering women within the sector, their concerns and support needs and ultimately underpins our policy work outlining how government can close the Gender Pay Gap.

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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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