BBC ‘discovers portfolio careers’!

by Barrie Hopson on April 24, 2019 · 0 comments

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The money programme has just had a piece on portfolio careers. One of the fascinating facts for me was the latest research they had on the uptake of portfolio careers.

More than 320,500 self-employed people in Britain are working two or more jobs, new analysis suggests.

A study by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) – seen by 5 Live’s Wake Up To Money – shows that 7% have launched an additional business.

They also report that some people have picked up the US turn of phrase for this concept – a slash career – as in I am cook/cleaner/bingo caller/dog walker! I keep telling American friends that the word ‘slash’ in our culture has very different overtones! I say no more! But it is great that the media are catching up on this increasingly common career option. Young people in particular often seem excited by it but then so do the over 60’s according to research at Middlesex University a few years ago.

To prove my point about obnoxios language just look at the Guardian’s take on this a few days ago – the Rise of the Slashie indeed! How would you like to portray yourself when asked ‘what do you do?’

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