Analysis and action on living standards
Entering employment, acquiring new skills and progressing up the pay ladder are important steps in many people’s lives, and essential for improving their living standards. But changes in the labour market, educational opportunities and the wider economy mean that different generations face different work and pay-related challenges, shifting across the life course.
Self-employment has been rising since the early 2000s, both in lower-skilled roles where it is more likely to be low-paid and insecure, and in higher-skilled parts of the economy, where it is traditionally more common. The data in this section shows the likelihood of workers being self-employed in different age groups and cohorts.
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‘All ages’ refers to those aged 16-64.
RF analysis of ONS, Quarterly Labour Force Survey
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