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Abstract:

CEP Covid-19 analysis
Covid-19 and the self-employed - ten months into the crisis
Jack Blundell, Stephen Machin and Maria Ventura
March 2021
Paper No' CEPCOVID-19-019:
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Tags: self-employment; covid-19; shocks; labour markets; seiss; self-isolation; social insurance

Almost a year into the Covid-19 crisis, it has become widely acknowledged that UK self-employment has been particularly hard hit. Here we continue our series investigating the experience of self-employed workers throughout the crisis. Surveying workers in early February 2021, we find that incomes among the self-employed in the third lockdown are still significantly below pre-crisis levels, and are broadly similar to those of the first lockdown. While government support has been a lifeline for some, we illustrate that important gaps in support remain.