Gender equality in the workplace has been a widely talked about topic across the media, government and industry for many years now. However, discussions have almost exclusively focused on employees and very little is known about the experiences of women in self-employment.
As self-employment continues to rise with over 5 million people now working this way, more attention needs to be given to this sector. Previous IPSE research using the ONS data shows that highly skilled women have been largely responsible for this growth seeing increases of 69% since 2008. As more and more women are choosing to work for themselves for the flexibility and freedom it offers, we must shine a light on this group and understand more about the challenges they face that may differ from their male counterparts.
Make training for the self-employed easier to access
Increase New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) benefit and mentor support to two years
Review parental rights and pay for the self-employed
Provide better data collection to improve the understanding of the sector
Read our full report 'Women in Self-Employment'
This exciting report is the much needed first step in bringing women in self-employment to the forefront. It highlights that women are more likely to experience concerns and challenges, especially with regards to financial issues. It also reveals that, like in employment, a shocking gender pay disparity exists in self-employment. Women are also more likely to experience difficulties finding work, feel less supported by government and feel isolated as a result of their self-employment.Read report