Get involved

For many people, self-employment is the answer to finding a good work-life balance. It can be extremely rewarding, but it can also mean longer hours, less pay and more worry about your finances.

During the pandemic, the self-employed community have been hit particularly hard. Research shows almost half of self-employed people have lost work due to lack of demand and lockdown restrictions, or health or caring reasons such as shielding and childcare. Many of us did not qualify for help from the government’s support scheme and are suffering real financial hardship as a result. We are the forgotten self-employed.

Too many people are in devastating circumstances and there should be no further delay to getting them the help they need. The self-employed will be vital to our national economic recovery and the revival of our local economies. It’s time our vital contribution is recognised.

You can get involved by:

  1. Sign our petition calling for additional support.
  2. We’re collating and sharing our stories to help the public and decision makers understand what it’s like to be self-employed. Share your story with us here.
  3. We’re running an inquiry into the future of self-employment with Prospect. Fill out this short survey to help us here.

Rachel Eden
Rachel Eden

“Sometimes I’ve heard it said that ‘even self-employed people need a union’. I disagree. Especially self-employed people need a union.”

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David Nicoll
David Nicoll

“I’ve seen many business owners forced into self-employment because they work for larger organisations who see self-employed subcontractors as a cheap way to avoid paying minimum wage.”

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Melody Schroeder
Melody Schroeder

“Self-employed are the UK’s forgotten through the pandemic.”

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