Research project

Addressing Inclusivity in the Spatial & Social Impacts of COVID-19 on the Self-Employed in the UK

Project overview

The UK's flexible labour market model has produced high levels of self-employment. The self- employed are predominant in those sectors most hit by shutdown and distancing measures. This study is to provide a systematic identification and understanding of the disparate spatial, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed in the UK using secondary analysis of nationally representative UK survey data and qualitative interviews with self-employed people focussing on coping strategies and experiences with the Self-employed Income Support Scheme.

The study produced a series of reports to inform small business and self-employed stakeholders and the public on the impact of the crisis on the self-employed – an important element of the UK economy.
These were as follows:
1. Covid-19 and self-employment in the UK (April 2020)
2. Changes in UK self-employment in April-June 2020 (November 2020)
3. Self-employment in the UK in September 2020 (January 2021)
4. Covid-19 and the impact on self-employment in the UK in October-December 2020 (May 2021)
5. The Coronavirus Pandemic and Changes to Self-employment in 2020 in the UK Regions (November 2021)
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