Despite the current economic climate the Office for National Statistic (ONS) has found that the number of self-employed people in the UK has risen by almost 10% since the beginning of the economic crisis.
Compared with when the crisis began back in 2008, ONS has said that there are now 367, 000 more people who are self-employed. Self-employment represents 14% of the 29.4 million in employment across the UK. They also state a decrease in the number of people employed by others.
The secretary general of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, said that the recent rise in job levels is ‘being driven by self-employed, part-time and temporary jobs, rather the full-time, permanent work that many people want and need.’ O’Grady also stated that, even though there are perfectly good reasons for becoming self-employed, ‘it would naïve to think that all these workers are really budding entrepreneurs.’
Starting out in business can be a scary and difficult task. That’s why we have compiled a list of the top online go-to resources for financial tips and advice. Of course, Pursglove & Brown would be more than happy to consult you on organising your finances, and someone will always be on call to answer any questions you may have. Chester 01244 400315/ Wrexham 01978 467012.
The BBC’s Financial Healthcheck will help you to identify your monetary priorities and they’ll send you tips on how to tackle them. This is jointly developed with the Financial Services Authority.
Citizens Advice has produced an inclusive guide laying out the major pitfalls of mortgage plans and offer first-class guidance.
For a clearer view of your pension plan take a look at The Pensions Advisory Service. These guys can pass on to you the latest knowledge and schemes regarding everything ‘pensions’.
This is Money magazine has a great jargon-busting page of industry terms explained. See them here.
Make sure your money is safe. For savings and investments be sure to look into The Financial Services Authority (FSA) published lists of authorised and trusted institutions.
The BBC has also produced an informative guide on savings and how to keep them safe.