IPSE (The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) have raised concerns over self-employment including contractors and freelancers and have directed warnings towards the Government if they want to maintain a healthy, flexible and growing economy. They claim that the Government must provide a greater amount of support to allow this to happen.

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Chris Bryce, who is Chief Executive of IPSE, commented:

“Today’s figures again show a fall in the number of self-employed people working in the UK compared to last year. The figures mirror IPSE’s own findings, which show a fall in the proportion of freelancers on assignment in the second quarter of the year.

“Considering a large proportion of jobs created in the past five years came from the self-employed community, the Government will be relying on this group to meet its ambition of an extra two million people in the labour market by the end of Parliament.

“We have yet to see the impact of the Summer Budget on the number of self-employed. IPSE is very concerned that some of the measures announced will make working as a contractor or freelancer more expensive and less attractive. We need the Government to look at ways to encourage people to become self-employed and support those already working in this way.”

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