A landmark report from IPSE (the Association of Independent professionals and the Self-Employed) has given a range of recommendations to balance what it sees as a flawed training system which disadvantages the self-employed. ‘Eight ways to upskill the self-employed’ makes eight wide-ranging recommendations to equip the self-employed with the tools to adapt and thrive in an evolving economy.
The report recommends:
The report guided IPSE’s recent submission to a government consultation about the taxation of self-funded, work-related training by employed and self-employed people.
“The current system for training both unfairly disadvantages the self-employed and flies in the face of the government’s goal to create a flexible labour market capable of adapting to rapid technological advancement,” said Imogen Farhan, IPSE policy and external affairs officer. “To level the playing field, our report, ‘Eight ways to upskill the self-employed’, provides a bold yet achievable strategy that will enable the self-employed – from all industries and walks of life – to invest in training at every stage of their careers.
“Catering for the breadth of self-employment, the report looks at how to help more vulnerable, low-income self-employed people progress in their careers, how to make training more affordable and how to help the self-employed fit training around unpredictable schedules. It also considers ways of preparing young people for self-employment and ensuring the construction industry has the skilled workforce it needs,” she said. “In June, IPSE was delighted that the government’s consulted on how to level the playing field in terms of the taxation of self-funded training. But with 4.8 million people now seeking the benefits of self-employment and the world of work undergoing significant shifts, more needs to be done to start enacting meaningful, positive change.”