Government launches nationwide survey of self employed


The survey aims to reach as many of the estimated 4.5 million self-employed in the UK as possible to understand how they might be better supported to start, maintain and grow their businesses.

Deane was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron in July to run an independent review on self-employment within the UK. The results of the survey will be incorporated into Deane’s report to highlight the challenges and issues faced by the self-employed, particularly when trying to start or develop their business.

Speaking about the survey Deane, said: “It is so important for me to hear the views of those who, like me, started out on their own. I’m not just talking about the tech startups; this is for everyone from plumbers to accountants to beauticians who work for themselves. It’s very easy to sit at home grumbling about how things could be done better but this is your chance to have your say. I want my review to reflect the views and concerns of those who are in the thick of it; working it out on their own and trying to do something positive for themselves and their families.

This review will encompass not only legislative issues but equally as important, it will look at practical issues. When I started Cambridge Satchel it was the practical issues that often made the difference – better, easier ways to source packaging, logistics even how to find good people who wanted flexible work. I need to hear what is holding businesses back and causing business owners stress. ”

The survey will cover the key areas that Julie is covering in her review;
· Gaining a better understanding of the different types of self-employment and self-employed
· Uncovering the information and advice available to those starting out and assessing the difficulties faced by those beginning self-employment
· Understanding any barriers or challenges faced by those hoping to maintain and grow their small businesses, taking into account mortgages, pregnancy, parenthood and retirement
· Looking at the support available for those running and growing a business, including shared working spaces, mentoring and networking schemes

Minister for Business Anna Soubry said: “Self-employed people make a huge contribution to our economy. This review will help uncover the challenges and opportunities faced by those who work for themselves, so we can continue to support the nation’s entrepreneurs. Whether starting out or experienced in the day to day running of business, this is a great chance for people to tell us what they think.”

The results of the survey will form part of Deane’s report which will outline her findings on the challenges and opportunities for those who are working for themselves. The report is due to be delivered in early 2016 with recommendations on ways in which the UK can create a flexible and supportive environment for self-employment to thrive and better support individuals to grow successful businesses from self-employment.

To complete the survey, those who are self-employed should visit:

The survey will be open until 8th November 2015.