Study Finds Strong Association Between Self-employment And Poverty For Men In UK

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) – 22nd February, 2016. The longitudinal study on employment, poverty and housing draws on data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). It found that pathways into poverty are often linked with self-employment for men. The period 2000-2008 was considered and poverty defined as 60% of the median income of the net equivalised household income after housing costs. This means that whether someone enters or exists poverty may be caused by changes to the structure of the household or changes in housing costs (and not necessarily changes in income). For men who were in poverty in 2008, at the end of the long boom, constant self-employment over 2000-08 was the second most important employment pattern (11%). Moreover, 38% of these men were in self-employment at least once over this period. Those who remained in poverty were also compared in this study with those who exited poverty by gender. Again, this shows that men move out of poverty mostly through paid employment whereas those who remain in poverty over the period 2000-08 are more likely to have moved into self-employment.

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Published on 3rd March 2016

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