In total there were 1.91 million freelancers in the UK in 2015, a rise of 36 per cent since 2008 and now accounting for six per cent of the UK workforce. This is according to new research conducted by Kingston University – available to download from the CRSE Research Library.
Notably, the research suggests that a conservative estimate of freelancers’ contribution to the UK economy was £109 billion in 2015, and that they might be expected to generate even greater revenue owing to valuable knowledge and skills of these specialist individuals.
The report, Exploring the UK Freelance Workforce in 2015, follows on from research conducted on the nature and size of the UK freelance marketplace in 2008 and 2011, presenting data drawn from official UK government sources to develop a picture of the current UK freelance workforce and trends in freelance working.
On 4th November 2014, the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network will hold a half-day event on Developing Women’s Enterprise to Create Sustainable Communities as part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science.
Co-sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Business and Society, the event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School from 12-6pm. Speakers will include specialists in the field of women’s entrepreneurship, covering such topics as life course pathways to entrepreneurship, mumpreneurs, and women’s enterprise far from the labour market. Members of the business community and other non-academic participants are especially encouraged to attend.
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