IPSE, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed has welcomed the launch of a survey to support the ndependent review of self-employment in the UK, led by Julie Deane OBE. The review is looking at the challenges and opportunities for those who are self-employed.

The survey is hosted through the Department for Business, Skills & Innovation and will be open until 8 November 2015. The survey can be found at https://bisgovuk.citizenspace.com/.

IPSE Chief Executive Chris Bryce said: “If you are self-employed you face some very real and practical challenges to making your business a success. It’s good to see the Government sticking to the promise it made ahead of the election and launching an independent review of self-employment in the UK. From engineers to IT contractors, builders to graphic designers, the 4.5 million people who work for themselves deserve to have their voice heard.

“Working for yourself can be incredibly rewarding, but it is hard work and you can often face challenges employees don’t experience. Therefore it’s great the review will tackle the crucial issues affecting the self-employed, including saving for retirement, maternity pay and securing a mortgage.  We hope the survey can also find the scope to address issues surrounding the tax treatment of the self-employed, which can often be an unnecessary burden on this vital sector.

“This survey will go a long way to helping people take the brave step into becoming their own boss. We urge all those thinking about becoming self-employed to get involved and let Julie Dean OBE and Government know how they can help support you on your journey.”

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