Older people are increasingly looking to freelance working as a means by which they can remain in the workforce for longer.
The UK jobs market continued to grow during January 2017, but concerns have been raised about the slowing pace of expansion.
New efforts by the government to tackle the problem of large companies failing to pay their suppliers on time have been welcomed by organisations representing smaller businesses and self-employed people.
The number of jobs created by the UK construction sector ticked upwards during January, according to a new industry report.
Self-employed people are experiencing significant inconvenience due to problems involving late payment and confusion over taxation.
Many people who are considering becoming self-employed would do so if they felt more support was available to help them.
Permanent and temporary placements both saw an upward curve during the final month of 2016, according to new data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.
Contractors working with public sector organisations have been reminded of the need to get their invoices in on time to avoid punitive new tax rule changes.
UK businesses are confident about their prospects for 2017, although challenging conditions are likely to limit the amount of hiring.
Self-employed people with cyber security skills are likely to be in high demand in 2017 due to the lack of access to relevant expertise among UK businesses.