The rise of Self Employment and the UK Labour Market

What does the rise of self-employment tell us about the UK labour market?

Research findings presented by the Institute for Fiscal Studies explore the recent rise in ‘solo self-employment’ (sole traders or company managers without employees), and the inequalities faced in this ‘non-standard’ form of work.

The report’s key findings show 14% of workers in 2019 were solo self-employed, and account for over a third of all employment growth since the 2008 financial crisis. Many move into self-employment from inactivity or unemployment, and earn less than employees on average.

Pre-pandemic wellbeing was reported to be higher among the solo-self employed, however the report states this doesn’t consider the unstable economic times during the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional risks associated.

Read the full report here:

Supporting the Third Sector through COVID-19

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

As ever, our dedicated CSI Representatives are here to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector is facing within the current ESIF programme which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively. 

So that we can raise these issues at government level on your behalf and pro-actively work for solutions, we’re asking Third Sector organisations to tell us their experiences using these funds, in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Please contact us via