An accountancy firm is supporting growing calls for a level field between self-employed and salaried staff in the forthcoming Budget.

Latest figures shown by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), reveal that 15 per cent of British workers are now considered self-employed.

A government-commissioned review showed that self-employed people struggle to get good deals on mortgages, pensions and insurance.

The report called for the self-employed maternity allowance to be the same as the statutory maternity pay and a simplification of the tax system, as well as flexible mortgages, pensions and insurance packages.

Pam Mason, of Dyke Yaxley Chartered Accountants, said: “There are now 4.6 million self-employed people in Britain, but the level of support they receive still leaves a lot to be desired.

“The support provided by government to those starting or extending a family should be consistent whether the person is employed or self-employed. The UK relies on millions of hard-working self-employed entrepreneurs who are playing an ever-growing role in our economy.

“It would be a very sad state of affairs if the way in which a person chooses to work was creating barriers to them either buying a home or feeling that they could start a family."

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