Self-employed ‘earning less than they did 20 years ago’, report suggests

Average wages for self-employed individuals are lower than they were in 1994/95, a report by the Resolution Foundation has revealed.

Data published by the think tank showed that, whilst the number of self-employed workers has grown by 45% since 2001/02, their weekly earnings have fallen by £60.

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The report revealed that self-employed individuals’ typical weekly earnings grew during the late 1990s and early 2000s, but fell in the wake of the financial crisis.

Earnings have recovered over the last year, and, according to the Resolution Foundation, are ‘almost back to levels last seen in the late 1990s at around £240 a week’.

However, this is 15% down when compared to typical weekly earnings in 1994/95.

Adam Corlett, Economic Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, commented: ‘Almost five million workers across Britain are now self-employed. But while the self-employed workforce is getting bigger, typical earnings are actually lower than they were 20 years ago.

‘With so many self-employed workers earning so little, it is right that the Government investigate how public policy should catch up to meet the needs of these workers.’

A Government spokesperson stated: ‘The Government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and while the National Living Wage has given one million workers a pay rise, the Prime Minister has made clear the labour market must support and protect all workers.’

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