Supporting London’s self-employed workers


This report from UK think tank the Centre for London finds that the pandemic has pushed more self-employed people into financial hardship.

Our Snapshot of Londoners survey found that the pandemic has pushed more self-employed people into financial hardship: 55 per cent of self-employed Londoners said that COVID-19 has negatively affected their income, compared to 44 per cent of employees. On top of this, these workers often experience bad client behaviour (e.g. late payments or last-minute cancellations), struggle to pay for expensive workspaces and have few professional development opportunities. Supporting low-paid self-employed workers to grow their earnings and enjoy their working life should be a priority for policymakers and employers as the UK emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. The next Mayor of London should create a Client Charter of good practice which could be adopted by London businesses to facilitate the relationship with the self-employed workers they hire.

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