Self-employment in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019, by industry section

This statistic shows the distribution of the self-employed workforce by industry in the United Kingdom as of the second quarter of 2019. The number of self-employed workers in the construction industry accounted for more than 938 thousand people, making it the largest self-employed workforce in the United Kingdom.

Number of those self-employed in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019 by industry (in 1,000s)*

Number of all self-employed workers in thousands
Construction938
Professional, scientific & technical activities653
Other services614
Wholesale, retail & repair of motor vehicles385
Administrative & support services376
Transport & storage355
Human health & social work activities340
Education263
Information & communication227
Manufacturing217
Accommodation and food services168
Financial & insurance activities88
Real estate activities70
Public admin & defence; social security50
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1 to June 30, 2019

Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Not seasonally adjusted. The figures are based on the number of those self-employed during the second quarter of

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