College Building, C219-C220- Board Room, Middlesex University, London, the Burroughs, NW4 4BT
According to official labour market statistics around 1 in 7 UK workers are now self-employed. The Social Market Foundation’s (SMF) recent research, funded by Trust for London, has explored the growing problem of low paid self-employment in the UK.
The SMF estimates that around 45% of self-employed workers (1.7 million) are currently paid below the National Living Wage. Moreover, five sectors account for two-thirds (64%) of the UK’s low paid self-employed.
In this seminar, Nida Broughton will examine the extent of low pay in different sectors, how the self-employed escape low pay, and implications for public policy, in light of both the SMF’s research and recent developments concerning Uber and self-employed couriers. High level recommendations from this research include: addressing the tax and regulation gap between employees and self-employed, giving the self-employed a stronger voice, and supporting the self-employed into higher pay.
Nida Broughton is Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation (SMF), an independent, non-partisan, cross-party think tank.
The SMF believes that fair markets, complemented by open public services, increase prosperity and help people to live well. The SMF conduct research and run events looking at a wide range of economic and social policy areas, focusing on economic prosperity, public services and consumer markets. Nida leads research on skills policy, employment, entrepreneurship and analysis of public spending.
Nida previously worked at the House of Commons, where she advised MPs and committees on a broad range of economic issues, and at Ofcom, the UK regulator and competition authority for communications markets.