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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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Introduction: A Freelancing and Self-Employment Research Agenda

November, 2015
This introduction chapter to The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment provides an overview of the content of the book and outlines a research agenda on freelancing.

The Use and Value of Freelancers: The Perspective of Managers

November, 2015
An overview of the various means through which executives and entrepreneurs in Great Britain perceive freelancers as adding value to their businesses. This is chapter 1 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

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.

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