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Evaluating the Prevalence and the Working Conditions of Dependent Self-Employment in the European Union

  • Colin C. WilliamsEmail author
  • Adrian V. Horodnic


Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a concern that employees are being falsely classified as self-employed to circumvent collective agreements, labour laws, and employment tax. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the prevalence and the working conditions of those in dependent self-employment. Analysing the European Working Conditions Survey in the 28 member states of the European Union, the finding is that 4% of the workforce is dependent self-employed and that there is a need for a more nuanced understanding of the working conditions faced by the dependent self-employed. The paper concludes by discussing the theoretical and policy implications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.“Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and PharmacyIasiRomania

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