From carpenters to lawyers, and from beauty therapists to IT consultants, there are now close to 5 million people in the UK who count themselves as self-employed.
Will AI and robotics lead to the decimation of our labour market? Our new report questions whether this concern is justified.
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, delivers his review for the Prime Minister into modern working practices.
We call for a movement of mass self-organising among the self-employed, and set out a number of ideas to take grassroots initiatives from the margins to the mainstream.
Over the last five years, the trend of using online platforms to source small, sometimes on-demand, jobs has accelerated, and shows little sign of slowing down.
If the government is serious about improving the productivity, resilience and long-term financial success of the self-employed, then it must be more willing to intervene to set problems right.
This new report examines how the living standards of the self-employed could be improved and touches upon issues such as earnings, savings, pensions, welfare and taxation.
Our report argues that the government should make it a priority to stimulate recruitment among sole traders, but that any new policy interventions will need to break from tradition and begin to draw upon insights from behaviou ...
We look at the emergence and impact of online craft marketplaces and consider what their growth might signal about the way business will change in the future.
Our report 'Salvation in a Start-up?' explores the factors behind the boom in self-employment and examines what life is really like for the growing numbers of people who now work for themselves.