Still fewer full time workers than before recession as fake self-employment takes over

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 13:06 -- nick

There are still fewer full time workers in the UK than there were before the recession in 2008.

The government has trumpeted its successes in the employment market, boasting of "a million new jobs" in the UK economy, but the reality is hugely different.

The economy runs on full time work, and most people need this level of income to be able to afford to live.

But there are actually 148,000 fewer working full time, while 251,000 more work part time and 510,000 have registered as self-employed.

Want to set up in business? Young people tell their stories

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 16:03 -- nick

Do you want to set up in business but aren't sure if it is for you or how to go about it?

The BBC has interviewed some young people who have got companies off the ground, and their advice could help you make the decision.

More and more people are setting up in self-employment, and the pros and cons of the government's New Enterprise Allowance are discussed.

Read the full article here

Self-employment accounts for 'growth' in jobs

Wed, 06/02/2013 - 15:05 -- nick

The number of self-employed people has risen by almost 10% since the start of the recession.

A report by the Office for National Statistics shows a rise of 367,000, with taxi drivers, farmers and construction workers showing the highest growth.

Between 2008 and 2012, the number in traditional employment fell.

"The recent rise in job levels is being driven by self-employed, part-time and temporary jobs, rather than the full-time, permanent work that many people want and need," said Frances O'Grady, secretary general of the TUC.

Work Programme advisers 'pushing jobless into self-employment'

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 12:04 -- nick

Work Programme advisers are advising some unemployed people to register as self-employed even where they have no viable business, a BBC investigation has found.

Advisers encouraged the move to allow their clients to claim more working tax credits, and to enable their companies to claim payments.

The organisation that represents Work Programme providers denied that they had incentives to move people to self-employment.


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