One reason many female contractors we speak to choose to go self-employed is to escape the gender pay gap. Almost across the board, women are paid less than men for doing the same role and many women are still finding they hit a point where, no matter how far they rise through the ranks, they will never earn as much as their male counterparts.
Self-employment, then, seems like an obvious answer. Since you set your own rates, it could be seen as a way of escaping the gender pay gap as you’re not at the whim of someone else telling you what you can and can’t be paid.
Why, then, is it suggested, as The Independent reported last year, that the gender pay gap among self-employed people is running as high as 40%?