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Self-employment in Wales during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Henley, Andrew ORCID:, Reuschke, Darja, Daniel, Elizabeth and Price, Victoria 2021. Self-employment in Wales during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Welsh Economic Review 28 , pp. 1-13. 10.18573/wer.259

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The economic fall-out from the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak serious damage in the labour market, and at the time of writing the full extent of this damage is some way from becoming apparent. One significant group of workers who have been very badly affected by the economic shock resulting from ‘lockdown’ are the self-employed. In previous analysis it was reported that almost 4 in 10 of the jobs created in Wales over the decade following the 2008 financial crisis were in self-employment (Henley and Lang, 2017). Furthermore, this analysis demonstrated the high degree of diversity of self-employment activity across Wales, both in spatial and sectoral dimensions. This paper looks at how this group in Wales have fared so far during the crisis and makes some suggestions on how policy may address the prospects of the self-employed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Additional Information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2397-8716
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 18 December 2020
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 10:57

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