Self-Employed: Working Hours

Treasury written question – answered on 26th July 2007.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average amount of time worked each week by self-employed people in the UK.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 26 July 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about the average amount of time worked each week by self-employed people in the United Kingdom. (152618)

The attached table gives the average usual weekly hours worked by self-employed people, for the three month period ending March 2007. These estimates have not been seasonally adjusted.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Average usual weekly hours(1) of work of the self-employed: United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Three months ending March 2007 Average usual hours( 1)
Total 39.5
Male 43.2
Female 29.6
(1) Respondents to the LFS are asked to state the weekly hours they usually work. The figures in this table cover main jobs only and include paid and unpaid overtime.

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