A new think tank devoted to researching freelance working in the UK has been created to improve understanding of self-employment and its contribution to the economy.
The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) is set to deliver multidisciplinary research into the freelance sector using input from academics from around the world, providing the government and other UK organisations with a basis for creating international comparisons and forging a "library of knowledge" on the topic of self-employment.
According to the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), which supports the new think tank, CRSE will also inform debates over legislative issues that will affect self-employed workers around the UK.
Commenting on the establishment of the new group, IPSE Chairman James Collins has stated that the constant evolution of the self-employment sector has previously made it hard for smaller organisations to find and understand fragmented research related to freelancing.
“[We are] striving to deepen our understanding of the people we represent,” said Mr Collins. "The CRSE will also play a key role in strengthening our ability to make evidence-based policy proposals to government.”