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.
The government should be doing more to support women who wish to work for themselves, according to a leading industry body.
Small start-up companies are actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with larger corporate entities at the moment, but many are facing barriers to doing so due to a lack of flexibility.
Self-employed people and owners of small businesses are largely unaware of incoming efforts to move towards greater adoption of digital tax management tools.
The number of people in the UK who are working for themselves has once again risen relative to the same time last year, according to the latest official data.