Brits employ selves in dip

Ben Southwood
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SELF-EMPLOYMENT has boomed through the slow economic recovery, driven by an influx of middle-aged men, according to data out yesterday.

Since 2008, 367,000 more UK residents have become self-employed, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, bringing the total to 4.2m, an all-time record.

The average age of this 4.2m cohort is 47, the ONS report showed, while 70 per cent of them were men. Cab drivers, builders, carpenters, and farmers were the top four trades cited in yesterday’s figures.