Female contractors on the rise

New official figures have shown that the number of females working as freelancers rose by 12% between the end of 2011 and the start of 2014, compared to only a 5% rise in male freelancers.

An analysis of this data suggests that women are more likely to begin working for themselves due to increased flexibility, better pay, stronger quality of work, and the lure of becoming their own boss.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, highlight the fact that more people than ever have taken the decision to become self-employed, with 4.3 million freelancers in the UK alone.

Further to this, women account for over half of the growth in self-employment since the economic recession. However, men still account for three quarters of the self-employment industry.

“The rise in freelancing since the recession has been considerable, with many professionals making the leap because they want more control over their finances, careers and time,” comments Ben Dunn, Finance Director at JSA Services, “JSA can help make the transition into contracting as straight forward as possible.”

To find out more about how JSA Services could help you, contact 0800 25 26 40 today.

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