Number of those self-employed in the United Kingdom (UK) between January 2018 and March 2018, by industry (in 1,000)*

Self-employment in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by industry section This statistic shows the distribution of the self-employed workforce by industry in the United Kingdom (UK) between January and March 2018. The number of self-employed workers in the construction industry accounted for around 934,000 employed people, making it the largest self-employed workforce in the United Kingdom. The 'Professional, scientific and technical activities' section and 'other services' section also have a large proprotion of self-employed workers, with over 570,000 of them in each industry.
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Number of all self-employed workers in thousands
Construction934
Professional, scientific & technical activities573
Other services578
Wholesale, retail & repair of motor vehicles398
Administrative & support services350
Human health & social work activities324
Transport & storage281
Information & communication221
Education261
Manufacturing244
Accommodation and food services131
Financial & insurance activities97
Real estate activities75
Public admin & defence; social security48
Number of all self-employed workers in thousands
Construction934
Professional, scientific & technical activities573
Other services578
Wholesale, retail & repair of motor vehicles398
Administrative & support services350
Human health & social work activities324
Transport & storage281
Information & communication221
Education261
Manufacturing244
Accommodation and food services131
Financial & insurance activities97
Real estate activities75
Public admin & defence; social security48
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This statistic shows the distribution of the self-employed workforce by industry in the United Kingdom (UK) between January and March 2018. The number of self-employed workers in the construction industry accounted for around 934,000 employed people, making it the largest self-employed workforce in the United Kingdom. The 'Professional, scientific and technical activities' section and 'other services' section also have a large proprotion of self-employed workers, with over 570,000 of them in each industry.
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Release date
May 2018
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
January 1 to March 31, 2018
Age group
16 years and older
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* Not seasonally adjusted.
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