The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter – appears to be reflected in the trends among small business owners.
Traditionally male jobs are becoming less popular among men, and more popular among women, and the same is true the other way around.
On top of that, the businesses seeing the most growth are the same, no matter the gender of their owner.
New data uncovered by Simply Business has shown that craft and food stalls are the fastest growing trade among both men and women.
According to the figures, 1,598 women and 165 men opened craft stalls, while 228 men and 280 women opened food stalls over the course of 2018.
Among women, other popular trades included dog walker, beautician, and animal breeder, while among men it leant towards complaints handler, inventory clerk, and event organiser.
|Food stall||Craft stall|
|Craft stall||Food stall|
|Complaints handling||Dog walker|
|Event organiser||Animal breeder|
|Fire proofing consultant||Complementary therapist|
|Animal breeder||Face painting|
|Dog walker||Complaints handling|
Currently, the most popular trade among men is builder, and among women it's cleaner – jobs often associated with those genders.
However, over the past year, we saw a 15 per cent decline in male builders, and an eight per cent decline in female cleaners.
When looking at percentage increase, some odd trends emerge. There’s been a huge increase in male fortune tellers and in female fishing tackle shop owners, 600 and 500 per cent respectively.
But don’t worry, the UK isn’t about to be overrun with bait and tarot cards – while the percentages look high, the numbers are very small.
Last year, Simply Business added the option for people to select the gender neutral ‘mx’ as their title.
Since then, people who use this title have appeared across a range of trades, including plastering, business and management consulting, and – just as with men and women – owning a craft stall.
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