Despite precarity and fewer rights, self-employed people are the happiest workers in the UK.
This is according to new research from a group made of experts from the universities of Sheffield and Exeter, which surveyed 5,000 workers in the UK, US, New Zealand, and Australia.
The research found that even though self-employed people have less job security, fewer workers’ rights, and often no pensions, they remain happier and more engaged with their jobs than their employee counterparts.
The survey only focused on professional workers, for example those in management consultancy, financial services, and insurance.
But the self-employed respondents in those fields said that they appreciated the independence that their working arrangement gives.
The University of Sheffield’s Peter Warr, who co-authored the report, said: "Professional workers who are self-employed really value the autonomy they have.
"They have the freedom to innovate, express their own views, have influence beyond their own role, and compete with other companies and people.
"They really use their own expertise, so don’t seem to mind working long hours. They can find meeting high standards really fulfilling."
The survey follows several consecutive years of growth in the number of self-employed people in the UK.
There are now 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK, up from 3.3 million in 2001. The self-employed now make up 15.1 per cent of the total labour force, according to the Office for National Statistics.
But despite this growth, self-employed people still enjoy far fewer rights than employees.
As we reported in February, MPs are calling for more rights to be granted to the self-employed.
Labour MP Tracy Brabin has tabled a Bill proposing that self-employed workers should have the same right to shared parental leave as employees.
The Bill follows the publication of the Taylor Report into modern working practices, which was widely criticised for failing to recommend concrete measures on self-employment.
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