Why are neurodivergent employees turning to self-employment?
2 August, 2023, 11:50am GMT
By Chloe Mumford
Up to very recently, an 9 to 5 office job was seen as standard for most of us. However, following the global pandemic and the power shift in favour of candidates, there are more freelancers than ever.
Based on current estimates, there are 6.5 million freelancers and self-employed workers in the UK. Of that figure, 20-35% is estimated to be neurodivergent; talent that companies are missing out on. In contrast to the global workforce, where approximately 1 in 10 are neurodivergent, the prevalence of neurodivergent individuals choosing self-employment represents a substantial disparity. It highlights a trend of neurodivergent employees choosing self-employment over traditional employment, possibly after finding resistant workplace environments challenging, and struggling to cope with standard hiring processes.
In this article, we explore why neurodivergent individuals are turning to self-employment, and what companies can take away as learning lessons.