The UK is becoming the “self-employment capital” of Western Europe after an increase in the number of people working for themselves, according to a new report.
The IPPR think tank said the country had caught up with the European Union average of 14pc of workers who are self-employed.
The number has increased by 8pc over the past year, faster than in any other Western European country, said the report.
Last month Esther McVey, the employment minister, told the Telegraph that middle-class children should believe that setting up their own business is every bit as good as going to university and working for a big company.
She said self-employment should be given the same social status and respect as the more conventional university route into employment.