Exploring the UK Freelance Workforce in 2015
Freelance workers are an important, but hidden, part of the small business population. United Kingdom’s (UK) official statistics do not classify workers explicitly as freelancers, but their numbers can be estimated using Labour Force Survey (LFS) categories. This report presents quantitative data on freelancer numbers and their personal and work characteristics as at Q2, 2015.
No official, or widely accepted, definition of freelance status exists in the UK. The term ‘freelance’ is not a legal concept but, rather, a customary one used to describe particular kinds of worker or work relationship in particular occupational or industry settings. We define freelancers as genuine business
owners without employees working in a range of creative, managerial, professional, scientific and technical occupations.