The Office of National Statistics released their latest labour market statistics, revealing that self-employed numbers have decreased between July and September this year.
Looking at the UK workforce as a whole, figures show that these numbers increased only marginally compared to the previous year. At 32,409k, it was 23k (0.1%) higher than the previous quarter (April-June 2018) but was 350k (1.1%) higher than the same period a year earlier.
However, self-employment fell by 17k (0.4%) to 4,751k underpinned by 9k (-0.3%) fewer people working full-time and -8k (-0.6%) working part-time, representing a self-employment rate of 14.7%
Temporary employment recorded a level 55k (-3.5%) lower than the previous quarter at 1,514k and this represented a temporary employment rate of 4.7%.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) believes that the continued drop in self-employment is being caused by damaging government policies and uncertainty about Brexit.