With more than 15 per cent of the workforce self-employed (some 4.6 million) and projections that this is set to grow this year, the rise of freelancing signals a fundamental shift in the nature of work. Some, driven by the lure of freedom, are choosing to go self-employed; others are going freelance out of necessity. Changes to the labour market mean that zero hours contracts, part-time work and ‘portfolio’ careers are becoming more and more the norm.
The Not Alone report looks at recent trends in self-employment, both here in the UK and across the world - and how the co-operative and trade union movements can serve and protect the growing 'precariat'. The Not Alone executive summary can also be downloaded separately.
The report has been produced in partnership with Wales Co-operative Centre and Unity Trust Bank.