Why low paid self-employment is everyone’s problem

This takes the Resolution Foundation survey even further.

Perhaps more worrying still.

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

More evidence of the collapse in self-employment incomes was published last week. The Resolution Foundation’s Earnings Outlook showed that the median weekly income of the self-employed is, in real terms, less than it was 20 years ago.

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The gap between employee and self-employment earnings widened after the recession as the proportion of the workforce in self-employment rose to a record high.

On the same day, the Social Market Foundation also produced a report on low paid self-employment. They calculated that just under half the self-employed are being paid below the National Living Wage and that this rises to well above 50 percent in some sectors.

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Furthermore, even before the introduction of the minimum wage, the self-employed were already more likely to be low paid than their employee counterparts in the same industry.

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The discrepancy is only likely to get wider. The SMF report showed how difficult the self-employed find it to increase their…

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