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Self-employment and Health after Age 50

Research into self-employment in older people.

About the research project

Older workers in the UK are disproportionately self-employed. Policymakers increasingly see this form of employment as a potential path to health and wellbeing at work.

Wellbeing matters and self-employment can offer more control and autonomy over employment in older age. This is seen as having potential health and wellbeing benefits.

Statistics suggest that self-employment is relatively common amongst older people. But little research is conducted to explore the experiences of this group.