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Exploring the UK Freelance Workforce in 2016

March, 2017
Produced by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), this report looks at the trends in independent working over the last eight year to present a contemporary picture of the UK’s freelance workforce. It also features a profile on freelancers living in Greater London – the fastest growing region for those working independently in Great Britain.

Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2016 Presentations

December, 2016
This document is a collection of the presentations provided at the Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2016, held 24-25 November 2016 at Brighton Business School, UK.

Understanding Independent Professionals in the EU, 2015

Lorence Nye
June, 2016
This report is an update to the IPSE commissioned research by Economist Stéphane Rapelli conducted in 2012, looking into ‘I-Pros’ - independent professionals - across Europe. This new report outlines independent professionals demography and the countries they are concentrated in, as well as exploring the trends and drivers of their growth within the EU.

Exploring the UK Freelance Workforce in 2015

April, 2016
This report provides a quantitative ‘snapshot’ of the UK freelance workforce and important constituent sub-groups in early 2015. Building on previous publications (Kitching and Smallbone 2008, 2012), this report presents data drawn from official UK government sources to develop a contemporary picture of the UK freelance workforce.

The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment

Various
November, 2015
The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment is a single source book providing researchers, practitioners, managers, policy makers and students with key research on freelancing and self-employment by the leading scholars in the field across business studies, law and economics.

Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2015 Presentations

Various
November, 2015
This document is a collection of the presentations provided at the Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2015, held 26-27 November 2015 in London.

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.

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