By Jonathan Davies

Two thirds of jobs being created in the UK are self-employed, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said there have been 1.1 million new jobs created since 2008, and 732,000 of those were people stepping into self-employment.

Last week it was revealed that whilst the unemployment rate in the UK dropped to 6.4% in the three months to the end of June, wages actually fell. A t the time, this was attributed to the rise in self-employment; self-employed workers typically earn around half as much as those in staff jobs.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the figures are "worrying".

Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary, said: "The growth in self-employment is reducing people's pay, job security and retirement income - and is likely to be reducing the government's tax take too."

A government's spokesperson said: "Many people aspire to be their own boss.

"Self-employment has been a growing part of the labour market for most of the last 30 years, which is why we continue to support budding entrepreneurs."

There are currently 4.6 million self-employed workers in the UK, 19% more than in 2009, according to ONS.

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