Self-employed pay gap: Female freelancers earn 19.5% less than men – UK cities ranked

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Self-employed pay gap: Female freelancers earn 19.5% less than men – UK cities ranked

Self-employed numbers rose in the beginning of 2021 with 4,331,100 freelancers being registered in February, up from 4,313,100 in January. This bod

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Self-employed numbers rose in the beginning of 2021 with 4,331,100 freelancers being registered in February, up from 4,313,100 in January. This bodes well as the economy reopens but despite this, it should be noted not all freelancers are set to benefit evenly as lockdown eases.

Tide recently surveyed 1,000 freelancers to reveal the average freelance day rates across the different regions and industries.

Its analysis found the average day rate of freelancers in the UK is £129.85, which equates to an annual salary of £33,111.75 (before taxes and expenses).

However, men charge an average day rate of £149.48, while women charge an average day rate of £120.38, meaning they’re typically earning 19.5 percent less than men.

Overall though, freelancers appear to be doing better than employed workers at the moment, with employees getting an average income of £29,484, equating to a day rate of £113.40.

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Tide detailed its findings went against what other income reports may be highlighting, as it explained: “The difference between the top of the table (Newcastle, £176.09) and the bottom (Southampton, £85.53) is £90.76 – which means that people in Newcastle are currently charging more than double the day rate of their counterparts in Southampton.

“The survey results are divergent from many income reports, which typically show higher earnings in the south.

“In the data, London is the only southern city to achieve an average day rate that exceeds the nationwide average for all freelancers.

“Such northern bias in these results might be explained by a lack of parity between respondents. Or it could just be that our northern freelancers are charging higher rates.”

To make a claim for a fourth grant, claimants will need to have the following ready:

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
  • National Insurance number
  • Government Gateway user ID and password
  • UK bank details including account number, sort code, name on the account and address linked to the account

Claims are made through the Government’s website and so long as a claimant is eligible, they should receive the money within six working days.



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