IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has today (15 March) responded to the employment statistics which illustrated the remarkable continued strength of the UK labour market since the financial crisis.
Unemployment fell to a 32-year low of 4.7%. There were 305,000 more people in work in the three months to February than was the case at the same point last year.
The self-employed population grew by 148,000 – adding more new jobs than the employee population which grew by 144,000.
Lorence Nye, IPSE Economic Policy Adviser, commented: “Self-employment remains an absolutely crucial