Self-Employment: What Can We Learn from Recent Developments?

11 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2015

Date Written: March 12, 2015


Self-employment has become an important feature of the UK labour market, accounting for around a third of the growth in employment since 2010. Developments in self-employment — and the reasons behind them — can provide information on the overall degree of spare capacity in the labour market which, in turn, can influence wages and inflation. While cyclical factors have played a role, much of the recent increase in self-employment reflects longer term trends — such as an ageing workforce — that began before the recession and are, therefore, unlikely to reflect additional slack above what is already captured by staff estimates.

Suggested Citation

Tatomir, Srdan, Self-Employment: What Can We Learn from Recent Developments? (March 12, 2015). Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 2015 Q1, Available at SSRN:

Srdan Tatomir (Contact Author)

Bank of England ( email )

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom

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