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Self-Employed Persons

Volume 931: debated on Monday 9 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment in what form the Training Services Agency will carry out the training of self-employed workers and people intending to set up on their own in business; how soon it will commence; and what will be the cost involved and the places in which instruction will be given.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that applicants who wish to train under the Training Opportunities Scheme (TOPS) for self-employment may now be offered training for occupations which fall into two broad groupings, viz.: (1) occupations carried out by both employed and self-employed people. Training courses in this category are already widely available in skillcentres and colleges. They are comparatively short in duration and provide intensive tuition. Trainees are advised to have a period of supervised experience in employment before entering self-employment. (2) occupations normally carried out by self-employed people only. Training will be made available on a selected basis provided that the Training Services Agency (TSA) is satisfied that such training will lead to the resettlement of the individuals concerned.

Annual Percentage Increase
United Kingdom1, 2, 311·814·013·220·125·4
West Germany4, 1011·78·710·911·38·4
Netherlands2, 614·715·415·418·214·4
Belgium2, 1113·616·614·025·515·2
Luxembourg2, 117·514·411·325·48·2
Ireland6, 715·813·822·920·832·8
Denmark3, 8, 914·111·417·320·419·1

Explanatory notes: Unless otherwise stated the figures represent annual averages of hourly earnings of males and females.

1Males only.
2October of each year.
3Adults only.
4Including family allowances paid directly by the employer.
5Including the value of payments in kind.
6Including juveniles.
7September of each year.
8July to September of each year.
9Excluding Vacation pay.
10Sampling design revised 1973.
11From 1972 new industrial classification.
12April of each year.

Source: "Year Book of Labour Statistics", ILO except Italy: "Hourly Earnings and Hours of Work", Eurostat.