Britain's unemployment rate is at a five year low but behind the headlines the job market recovery isn't as strong as the coalition government is making it out to be.

While the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the jobless rate dropped to 6.8% in the three months to March, the number of 'self-employed' individuals also surged.

For example, the number of self-employed people increased by 146,000 to reach 4.5 million.

Considering 'freelancers' earn around 40% less than those in full-time work, IBTimes UK decided to take a look into whether self-employment is a means to an end or part of a new landscape for the jobs market.