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Annex AInterview Questions


Session One: Being a freelance, self-employed, or atypical worker in the Creative and Cultural sectors in 2022?

Your experience of ‘Being Freelance’

  • What does being Freelance, self-employed or atypical, as opposed to PAYE, mean to you? 

  • What do you think are the main challenges and main benefits, of your employment status within the work you do? 

  • Think back to 2019. How would you compare your career today to how it looked then?

Your local place 

  • Do you prefer to work with clients locally or further afield?

  • Are there any local networks or organisations who have supported you in your career?

  • Do you think where you live influences the kind of work you do?

  • How do you come across opportunities and generate work?


Your word for 2022

  • Can you write down one word/phrase that describes how it felt to be a freelancer in your industry in 2022


Session Two: Being a free, self-employed, or atypical worker in the Creative and Cultural Sectors in 2023 and beyond


What will does 2023 look like for you? [Open]

  • What are your main concerns for 2023? 

  • What are you excited about for 2023? 

  • What are your ambitions?


Your advice

  • If you could get the UK Government, or your local authority, to make one practical change to support you in your freelance career, what would it be?

  • What would be your biggest piece of advice for people considering becoming a self-employed or atypical worker in your sector?


Your word for 2023

  • Can you write down one word to describe what you hope 2023 will look like for you as a freelancer?


Annex B: Data on Participants


From our shortlist of 29 participants (one of our final 30 did not arrive on the day of the workshop). 


  • Mostly (64%) worked across several sub-sectorss although: 


  • were most active within the Arts Sub sector (78%) and Music, performing and visual arts sub sector (67%)


  • 52% categorised their working pattern as freelance, 41% selected self-employed and 7% a-typical


Where data relating to diversity was disclosed: 


  • 42% identified as Cis Female, 33% Cis Male and 25% identified as either Trans or Non-Binary 


  • 67% identified as White British/white other, 21% identified as Black or Black British, 8% as Mixed Heritage and 4% as ‘other’ 


  • Largest group aged represented was 45-54 (35%) but equally spread across the remaining categories; 15-24 (13%), 25-34 (17%), 35-44 (17%), 55-64 (13%), 65-75 (4%) 


  • 25% identified as disabled 


  • 68% identified as Heterosexual but with an LGBTQIA representation of 42%

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