Citizens Advice have commissioned a BMG Research poll of UK working people to better understand how many would like to work for themselves. The findings form part of a new report by the national charity titled “Going Solo”, to be released in December 2015.

One of the key findings from the research was the strong level of interest in doing as the report’s title suggests. When respondents were asked; “All things considered, if it were an option for you, to what extent, if at all, would you wish to be self-employed?”, around two in five people (41%), said they would definitely or probably like to be self-employed.

In a statement today, Citizens Advice chief executive, Gillian Guy said that “for some people self-employment can be a good way to manage their work life balance or a necessary step for work in their industry…but too many are unable to access the help they need to go it alone with confidence.”

The research also showed that the desire for self-employment is strongest amongst Londoners, with almost three in five (58%) indicating they would be open to going it alone.

Amongst the professions, around half of those currently employed in skilled trades said they would like to go it alone (50%), a slightly higher share than for senior officials and directors/managers (48%), whereas just 30% of those working in the caring and leisure sectors felt the same.

The full Citizens Advice press release can be found here

A subsequent article in The Guardian commenting on the results can be found here

Full data tables can be found here

For further details about this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone.

Dr Michael Turner – Research Director





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