Osborne alerted to dwindling one-man bands
The national body for contractors and contracting has issued a timely reminder that self-employment in the UK has now fallen for the seventh month in a row.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed issued the reminder last week, a little over a month ahead of George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn Statement.
The statement, which will likely contain measures that affect contractors and other one-man bands, should be used to reconsider a number of proposals that threaten them, IPSE said.
“We are concerned that the number of self-employed people in the UK has fallen for the seventh consecutive month compared to last year,” said IPSE’s chief executive Chris Bryce.
“The UK's 4.5m who work for themselves are a huge contributor to our economic growth, so it is essential for the government to get behind this key part of our flexible labour market.”