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What do we want from work? Millions of people are now reinventing their working lives and becoming self employed. Ruth Barnes presents the first in a new series exploring the changing world of work and self employment.
There are now five million self-employed people in the UK, it’s the fastest-growing group of workers. Sometimes it’s a case of “needs must” as conventional industries collapse – but the evidence suggests that most are doing it because they want to, they see themselves as breaking free.
The internet is full of inspirational talks from the late Steve Jobs and others, exhorting us to take risks, set out on our own, make our fortune. But with the average freelancer earning only £240 a week – about half the earnings of the average employee – what is the price of freedom? Self employment is not for the faint hearted
Listen below to original podcast.