Self-employment in cities

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at how changes in the labour market and the gig economy are playing out differently across the country.

Since the financial crisis, Britain’s urban areas are experiencing a self-employment boom. But too many people working for themselves lack access to training — raising concerns about their long-term security and many cities’ future economic strength. This report finds that self-employment in cities has risen by 44 per cent since 2008, outpacing the national average by almost 25 per cent. But nearly 80 per cent of urban self-employment is mid and lower skilled in industries.

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