January 20 2016.

The number of self-employed people has risen by 98,000 in the three months leading up to November 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, according to figures from the ONS.

Self-employment is at its highest ever level (4.62 million), with the overall employment rate hitting another record high (74 per cent), with strong growth also recorded in full-time jobs.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) welcomes the significant increase and record high in the number of people who work for themselves.

IPSE economic policy adviser, Lorence Nye says that the labour market figures again show that more and more people are realising the benefits of self-employment and opting to become their own boss.

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