Number of self-employed women on the rise

Monday 13 July 2015

The number of women across the UK who are working as contractors or are self-employed is on the rise, a new report has stated. 

According to the study carried out by eBay and Development Economics, in the five-year period between 2009 and 2014 as the economy strengthened, the number of women who were feeling confident to operate as self-employed workers climbed time and again. 

In this particular five-year period, the study found that the number of women who were self-employed rose by 28 per cent. And while the number of men who were moving into self-employed roles also climbed in the same period, it's clear that women were doing so more frequently. 

While the number of women moving towards this sort of work climbed by nearly 30 per cent in just five years, the volume of men working in this type of role rose by just ten per cent across the same time period. 

Tanya Lawler, eBay UK chief executive officer, said: “We’re seeing more and more women set up successful enterprises, and for all the talk of a glass ceiling, Britain is actually a nation of self-made women."

And it's not just compared to British men that the nation's self-employed women are shining in terms of growth. When eBay and Development Economics compared figures here to those in other nations, it was discovered that Britain leads the way for self-employed women. 

In terms of women who are starting to build a business for themselves online, its report stated that some 54 per cent of such ventures in the UK are run by women. This is compared to just 48 per cent in the US and 44 per cent in Germany, showing just how women in the UK are starting to take their careers into their own hands and looking to make their own future away from traditional ways of working. 


By Victoria McDonnell

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