Self-employed workers should get more support in running their trades, says a review commissioned by the government from a leading entrepreneur.
The survey, led by businesswoman Julie Deane, is calling for them to have similar rights to associates employees, such as enhanced maternity privileges.
The report said that self-employed woman now stood at 4.6 million or 15% of the UK workforce, an all-time high.
It bid self-employment “should not mean that people are disadvantaged”.
“It is important that with the heightened growth in self-employment, and the subsequent benefits that this group conveys to the economy, that there are systems in place to support the self-employed in the even so way as the employed,” the report added.
In rticular, the report called on the regulation to consider increasing the maternity allowance id to self-employed people for the outset six weeks, bringing it into line with the statutory maternity y that workers receive.
“As is the case with Statutory Maternity y, the remaining 33 weeks want be id at the lower of the statutory flat rate or 90% of earnings,” it said.
It also termed for a new Adoption Allowance for self-employed people who adopt children, on the same underpinning as the existing statutory adoption y for employees.
“The support provided by government to those starting or supplementing a family should be consistent whether the beneficiary is employed or self-employed,” the set forth said.
Some analysts have suggested that many of the newly self-employed are in the flesh who have lost their jobs as a result of the recent financial moment and would prefer to work for an employer.
However, Ms Deane’s report communicated the majority of self-employed people had made “a positive choice to be so” and had “no plans to turn to employment”.
“They have found a good balance with manipulate/life commitments and are often happier,” it added.
James Gribben, of the Coalition of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, agreed with the report’s conclusions.
He told the BBC: “What we would like to see ideally is ternal set off. So maternity y and ternity y, though another call that’s made on this boom is also for adoption y, which is another area where the playing discipline is not level.
“We don’t want to see this kind of barrier in place and the way that you act on shouldn’t determine the ability of somebody to adopt or not adopt.”