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women taking up self-employment – Media release

15 July 2021

The number of self-employed women without
employees increased almost 14 percent to 143,500 in the year to March 2021,
Stats NZ said today.

“The term ‘self-employed without employees’
can include people who are starting their own business, sole traders, independent
contractors, freelancers, or gig workers, and excludes people who employ
others,” labour market statistics manager Andrew Neal said.

The latest data (not seasonally adjusted)
from the March 2021 quarter Household Labour Force Survey showed the number
of women who were self-employed with no employees (referred to as self-employed
in this story) increased by 17,500 over the year (up 13.9 percent). This
coincided with a drop in the number of women in paid employment, though
this drop was not statistically significant.

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