The majority of freelancers opt to become self-employed rather than being forced to, claims new research.
A study from Qdos Contractor shows 76 per cent of contractors wanted to become their own boss, although 69 per cent had never expected to work for themselves. However, 24 per cent did feel they had no choice but become freelance because they were out of work.
Qdos Contractor chief executive officer Seb Maley said: “Self-employment is increasingly a career choice for millions of people, and for the majority of highly skilled and qualified workers not a route they are forced down as a result of losing permanent jobs.
“With two million freelancers in the UK, we hope the sheer size, economic and social importance of the independent workforce would be enough to encourage the government to focus on ways to support this vital sector of the labour market.
“As we approach 2018, we urge the Chancellor to think carefully about the impact that further changes to IR35 and the tax system would have on the UK’s freelance workforce.”
The number of self-employment workers reached record levels in 2017, with the ONS Labour Market Statistics showing a total of 4.88 million people are now their own boss.