Complex income and the rise of part-time workers
In 1975, 8.7% of the working population was self-employed according to Office for National Statistics. Today, self-employment accounts for 14.7% of the working population.
The number of part-time workers in the UK has also grown to 8.58 million in April 2018, compared to 6.03 million when records began in 1992 – an increase of 42% in the last 26 years.
Some of this growth, particularly in recent years, has attracted controversy with the increasing use of zero-hour contracts raising questions about the exploitation of workers. However, median weekly earnings for part-time workers, from all income sources, have increased more than for full-time employees.