Our Research

As part of IPSE’s commitment to learning more about the self-employment 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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Getting the self-employed on the property ladder

IPSE and CMME have collaborated on a bespoke research project to further understand self-employed people’s experiences around mortgages.

IPSE Freelancer Confidence Index Q4 2020

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 of 2020.

The Self-Employed Landscape Report 2020

The 2020 edition of IPSE and Kingston University's annual reports looks at the demographics and characteristics of the solo self-employed and how these have changed between 2019 and 2020.

IPSE Freelancer Confidence Index Q3 2020

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 2020.

The Cost of COVID: How the pandemic is affecting the self-employed

To further understand the gaps in support and freelancers’ deteriorating financial circumstances, IPSE and Starling Bank have collaborated on a dedicated piece of research examining their finances throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The following report focuses on some of the key factors impacting freelancers’ work-related and personal finances.

How freelancers respond to an uncertain economy: A longitudinal report on seven years of IPSE FCI data

This longitudinal report is the culmination of seven years’ worth of Confidence Index research and analysis. For the first time, we are able to look back and examine the trends. We can see the effect that political decisions and macro-economic variables have had on freelancers’ confidence and understand the impact of these factors by setting them in the wider context over a longer period of time.

IPSE Report: The impact of the coronavirus crisis on freelancers’ mental health

IPSE conducted a bespoke piece of research to find out how self-employment affects mental health, how the mental health of freelancers has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, what measures have been taken to maintain positive mental health and what more freelancers need to support their mental health.

IPSE Impact Report 2019/20

At IPSE our members are at the centre of everything we do and we are continually reviewing our benefits, services and focuses to meet our members' needs. Read our latest impact report and find out about the improvements we’ve made, the impact we’ve had for our members, and what else they can expect in the coming year.