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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IPSE Impact Report 2022-2023

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, our work over the last two years and the impact we’ve had for our members.

The Self-Employed Landscape in 2023

Released annually, the IPSE Self-Employed Landscape report for 2023 provides a snapshot of how the sector’s size, demographics and economic impact have changed in the past year.

IR35 Spotlight 2023: Insights from the UK's contracting sector

IPSE’s annual IR35 Spotlight tracks key metrics related to IR35, including the ways contractors work, their client’s approach to the rules and the success rate of appeals against client determinations. The aim is to be able to report IR35’s long-term impact on UK contracting.

Equipping the self-employed with training and skills: Data brief 2023

In order to demonstrate to policymakers of the need to promote and encourage the self-employed to upskill and ultimately drive UK economic growth, we’ve put together a data brief on self-employed training and skills in 2023.

From inflationary pressures to inflexibility: Reviewing barriers to financial products for the self-employed

This report examines the impact of macroeconomic factors on the financial decision-making of the self-employed, reviewing barriers to accessing mortgages and private finance whilst also evaluating attitudes towards saving for later life.

The Self-Employed Landscape Report 2022

The 2022 edition of IPSE's annual report looks at the demographics and characteristics of the solo self-employed and how these have changed between 2021 and 2022.

Freelancer Confidence Index Q3 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 Q3 2022.

The Disabled Self-Employed in 2022

This report outlines the size of the disabled self-employed sector, reviews demographic and occupational changes since 2020 whilst also reviewing the motivations and experiences of the disabled self-employed before concluding with a series of policy recommendations for government.