London tops self-employed league

09-08-2005

London has the highest percentage of self-employed workers in England, research has revealed. The study by the GMB union found 15.1% of the English capital's workforce work for themselves.

Powys in mid-Wales has the highest percentage in the UK, with 27% of workers self-employed and Lanarkshire, Scotland has the lowest with just 5%.

The number of self-employed workers in Britain was 3.4 million, around 12% of the total workforce.

Paul Kenny, acting general secretary of the GMB union, said: "Increasingly, the distinction between directly employed and self-employed is becoming blurred, especially in issues like health and safety, where both are equally at risk."

Figures for the percentage of self-employed workers in other parts of the country included: South West, 14.7%; South East, 14.4%; East Midlands, 12.3%; East Anglia, 11.9%; Wales, 11.9%; West Midlands, 11.6%; North West 11.2%; Yorkshire and Humberside, 11%; Scotland, 9.7%; Northern, 9.4%.

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