By Daniel Hunter

Millions of self-employed professionals across the UK will celebrate National Freelancers Day on Wednesday, a day which aims to highlight the rising number of people choosing to work independently.

With latest ONS figures showing the number of people going into self-employment has risen 6.6% compared to this time last year and independent professionals making up 14.7% of the UK workforce, National Freelancers Day will celebrate their bravery and enterprising spirit, as well as highlight their contribution to UK plc.

More and more people working across almost all sectors of the economy are choosing to work independently, primarily to have more control of their own working lives. A survey of over 1,000 freelancers commissioned by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, shows that the biggest reason for going it alone is for a better work/life balance. Control over work and hours were also key factors in choosing to work independently.

Chris Bryce, Chief Executive of IPSE, said:
“National Freelancers Day is all about celebrating and embracing those brave individuals who strike out on their own.

“The future of working is well and truly here. Record numbers of people are opting for the flexibility that freelancing provides. Not only does freelancing enhance the quality of life of the vast majority of those who work in this way, it also boosts the bottom line of UK plc to the tune of more than £95billion every year.”

National Freelancers Day has been endorsed by high-profile politicians across political parties, including Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP:

“In recent years we’ve seen more and more people starting out on their own and setting up independently. For many, this can be the best route for people to realise their aspirations and dreams. But there are still many challenges facing self-employed people which must be tackled such as bureaucracy and late payment, while at the same time self-employed people have seen their income fall more in the last four years than those in employment.

“I am a big supporter of National Freelancers Day, which shines a spotlight on Britain’s independent professionals and the huge contribution they make to UK PLC, and I hope November 19 this year continues to raise the profile of freelancers in Britain.”

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