The number of self-employed people in the UK has grown by 10% since the start of the economic downturn, figures from the Office of National Statistics show, with more than half of them setting up on their own between 2011 and 2012.
But the numbers suggest they may not all be doing it by choice. There are now 367,000 more people who are self-employed than there were in 2008, according to the official figures, but the number of employees fell by 434,000 in the same period. And while the growth of in self-employment peaked over the last two years, the number of employees dropped mainly at the beginning of the period.
“That suggests some former employees may have decided to go self-employed after trying and failing to find work elsewhere,” observes Guardian journalist Lisa Bachelor.
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