One in seven Bradford workers are now self-employed

One in seven Bradford workers are now self-employed

RAISE A GLASS: Businesswoman and beer expert Leigh Terry has opened her own brewery in Baildon

CHEERS: Leigh Terry has opened a brewery in Baildon

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MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show.

The city has joined a remarkable trend away from traditional jobs, which has led to Britain becoming the self-employment capital of Western Europe.

In Bradford, 14.6 per cent of those in work are self-employed, the same proportion as Kirklees, slightly behind Calderdale (14.8 per cent) and significantly ahead of Leeds (12.3 per cent).

The new self-employed include management consultants, photographers and chartered accountants, although the most common jobs are still in construction and taxi driving.

The figures were produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), amid growing political controversy over the employment shift.

Since the financial crash in 2008, two-thirds of the extra jobs created - or 732,000 - have been people working for themselves.

The Government has hailed a growth in people running their own businesses. A spokesman said: “Many people aspire to be their own boss.”

However, the ONS found the typical weekly income of the self-employed had plunged by almost a quarter since 2008 – from £269 a week, to only £207.

That means they are earning only roughly half the wages of those in staff jobs, prompting the TUC to describe the figures as “worrying”.

Its general secretary Frances O'Grady said: “The growth in self-employment is reducing people's pay, job security and retirement income - and is likely to be reducing the Government's tax take too.”

Bradford Chamber of Commerce acknowledged that, during the recession, many of the new self-employed had been forced to “take some form of action to earn a living”.

But it also hailed a cultural shift in business, which meant there was more willingness to “have a go”, while online trading had triggered many more courier-type services.

Paul Mackie, the Chamber’s president, said: “There are a number of reasons that explain the increasing self-employed figures. During the recession, it became a ‘needs must’ approach by some who had lost their jobs.

“Government initiatives such as the New Enterprise Allowance facilitated that approach, giving money to help people make that shift.

“More than 500 people have been supported into self-employment since 2013 by Chamber-assisted business support programmes in West and North Yorkshire. We hope to keep the momentum going.”

Across the country, about 4.6 million people work for themselves – more than at any time in 40 years – while another 356,000 people have a second job in which they are self-employed.

Many are people working beyond the state pension age. Self-employment among the over-65s almost doubled from 241,000 in 2009 to 428,000 in 2014.

Beer expert Leigh Terry, who started a micro-brewery in Baildon, is an example of someone who is self-employed.

After studying bio-chemistry, she worked for Kent brewers Shepherd Neame for 11 years and was fully trained at the Institute of Brewing.

And after eight years living in France, she and husband Neil have settled in Baildon where she now single-handedly runs her own brewery at Tong Business Park, Otley Road.

"I wanted to set up a business and beer is all I really know about and that's how the Baildon Brewing Company began," said Mrs Terry, 46, who also works behind the bar at the Woolpack in Esholt.

"I made my first beer in May - a dark, full flavoured ale called No7.

"And when I tasted my first pint of it at the Halfway Pub down the road, I nearly cried, I was so happy."

She can produce 24 barrels called firkins and which hold nine gallons from each batch and already has her ales on sale in other pubs in the district.

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7:19am Fri 22 Aug 14

Albion. says...

"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show."

Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.
"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show." Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner. Albion.
  • Score: 9

7:54am Fri 22 Aug 14

bd7 helper says...

Dodging the taxman
Dodging the taxman bd7 helper
  • Score: 9

8:30am Fri 22 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Albion. wrote:
"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show."

Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.
At least it shows enterprise something BMDC has not got and never will have.If you took illegally earned money out of Bradford then it would sink under dept.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show." Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.[/p][/quote]At least it shows enterprise something BMDC has not got and never will have.If you took illegally earned money out of Bradford then it would sink under dept. llos25
  • Score: 0

9:37am Fri 22 Aug 14

izzystillbreathing says...

In a lot of cases self-employed is just a Job Centre scam to get people off their books. The fact that many of them earn less than a living wage tells its own story. These are jobs created without the demand for them, it can only be a short term fix that the Government will hope lasts until after the election.
In a lot of cases self-employed is just a Job Centre scam to get people off their books. The fact that many of them earn less than a living wage tells its own story. These are jobs created without the demand for them, it can only be a short term fix that the Government will hope lasts until after the election. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 4

10:18am Fri 22 Aug 14

Rumb7e says...

Albion. wrote:
"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show."

Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.
Where there is a will there is.....

Running your own business comes with risk... of not even surviving the first 12 months. However, the fruits of survival have to be heralded in high regard.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show." Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.[/p][/quote]Where there is a will there is..... Running your own business comes with risk... of not even surviving the first 12 months. However, the fruits of survival have to be heralded in high regard. Rumb7e
  • Score: 3

10:38am Fri 22 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Albion. wrote:
"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show."

Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.
Better than claiming benefits like the drunken, scrounging lot you support.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show." Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.[/p][/quote]Better than claiming benefits like the drunken, scrounging lot you support. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -4

10:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Albion. wrote:
"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show."

Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.
Better than claiming benefits like the drunken, scrounging lot you support.
Oh! So selling drugs to children is preferable to claiming benefits? Well that might be so to some whose mind has been brainwashed, personally I would increase the penalties to something realistic.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show." Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.[/p][/quote]Better than claiming benefits like the drunken, scrounging lot you support.[/p][/quote]Oh! So selling drugs to children is preferable to claiming benefits? Well that might be so to some whose mind has been brainwashed, personally I would increase the penalties to something realistic. Albion.
  • Score: 7

11:08am Fri 22 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Albion. wrote:
"MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show."

Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.
Better than claiming benefits like the drunken, scrounging lot you support.
Spoken like a true moron.

What next, gangland executioner better than claiming disability benefits?
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "MORE than one in seven workers in Bradford are their “own boss” after a self-employment boom, new figures show." Funny how most of them seem to drive cars with blacked out windows, which they park for short periods before moving round the corner.[/p][/quote]Better than claiming benefits like the drunken, scrounging lot you support.[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true moron. What next, gangland executioner better than claiming disability benefits? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 7

12:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Class_War says...

There's nothing "remarkable" about it. People are being bullied off of Benefits by das DWP, and are simply calling themselves "self employed" in order to claim Tax Credits and Housing Benefit due to low income. It's nothing new, people have been doing this for years to get the Jobcentre off their back, and simply do the odd little bits & bats of work here & therer same as they ALREADY were doing but previously cash-in-hand. IDS is a moron and a liar.
There's nothing "remarkable" about it. People are being bullied off of Benefits by das DWP, and are simply calling themselves "self employed" in order to claim Tax Credits and Housing Benefit due to low income. It's nothing new, people have been doing this for years to get the Jobcentre off their back, and simply do the odd little bits & bats of work here & therer same as they ALREADY were doing but previously cash-in-hand. IDS is a moron and a liar. Class_War
  • Score: 0

3:23pm Fri 22 Aug 14

MontyLeMar says...

There used to be a lot of self employment in Charles Dickens' day but it was usually regarded as necessary to survive. Now suddenly this government herald it as proof of the success of its economic policies. What a farce. At least being self-employed lets you claim for many business expenses and the option to declare or not declare income so it is unlikely that the government is getting any extra revenue. Good luck to anyone doing this, I know when I was self-employed I claimed for everything possible so don't forget telephone, council tax, vehicle expenses and depreciation, fuel, pension allowance, building alterations... they are all claimable. Oh and if you get a decent income get a good accountant, they know all the dodges and what the tax man is willing to turn a blind eye to and their expenses are tax deductible. Does the government really want to go down this road?
There used to be a lot of self employment in Charles Dickens' day but it was usually regarded as necessary to survive. Now suddenly this government herald it as proof of the success of its economic policies. What a farce. At least being self-employed lets you claim for many business expenses and the option to declare or not declare income so it is unlikely that the government is getting any extra revenue. Good luck to anyone doing this, I know when I was self-employed I claimed for everything possible so don't forget telephone, council tax, vehicle expenses and depreciation, fuel, pension allowance, building alterations... they are all claimable. Oh and if you get a decent income get a good accountant, they know all the dodges and what the tax man is willing to turn a blind eye to and their expenses are tax deductible. Does the government really want to go down this road? MontyLeMar
  • Score: 3

3:25am Sun 24 Aug 14

Rebecca@TakeThisJobOrShoveIt.com says...

Traditional job workers are still aware that recession is still around. That's why to have a more secured future, they are starting to shift from traditional jobs to self-employed status. At least with this kind of setup, they're their own boss.
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Traditional job workers are still aware that recession is still around. That's why to have a more secured future, they are starting to shift from traditional jobs to self-employed status. At least with this kind of setup, they're their own boss. http://takethisjobor shoveit.com/ Rebecca@TakeThisJobOrShoveIt.com
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