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The CRSE maintains a complete library of academic and other multidisciplinary research. Here you will find research, reports and publications which explore all areas of self-employment. It provides a comprehensive overview of the latest thinking on freelancing and self-employment, as well as serving as a platform of knowledge to enable more research on the area.

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Tracking UK Freelance Workforce Trends 1992-2015

November, 2015
Using data from the UK Labour Force Survey, the article describes the major trends in freelance workforce numbers during the past 20 years. Operationalising a definition of freelancing in terms of Labour Force Survey categories, the data indicates both a substantial absolute increase in freelancer numbers and growth as a proportion of all workforce jobs. This is chapter 2 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Capturing Statistically the “Intermediate Zone” Between the Employee and Employer Firm Owner

November, 2015
This paper provides an overview of the most relevant public data sources for the number of solo self-employed, and discusses the pros and cons of each data source regarding the available data on solo self-employment and its various segments (e.g. freelancers, hybrid entrepreneurs, dependent entrepreneurs). This is chapter 3 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Job Quality and Self-Employment: Is it (Still) Better to Work for Yourself?

November, 2015
There has been a longstanding debate about whether self-employment represents ‘good work’, but little direct evidence on intrinsic job quality in any detail. This essay reports research using data from the UK Skills and Employment Surveys to compare intrinsic job quality and job satisfaction among employees and the self-employed. This is chapter 4 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Women’s Self-Employment and Freelancers Observations on Female Entrepreneurship

Andrea Klinglmair
November, 2015
This paper focuses on the features of female entrepreneurship. Based on a brief review of the existing literature we identify some major lines of argumentation which treat female self-employment in context with its determinants. This is chapter 5 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Entrepreneurs, IPros and the Talent Eco-System

Michel Syrett
November, 2015
With independent professionals and budding entrepreneurs now forming the fastest growing proportion of the workforce, large corporations are losing out on the best talent. This article, based on research conducted for The Economist book Managing Talent, highlights the efforts talent managers are making to access and retain the skills of professional workers who are no longer motivated by the idea of life-long corporate careers. This is chapter 6 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

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