Closed consultation

Non-compete clauses: call for evidence

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Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


We're seeking your views on whether non-compete clauses prevent people from starting up their own business after leaving a job.


Consultation description

This call for evidence is seeking your views on whether non-compete clauses stifle entrepreneurship and innovation by preventing people from:

  • moving between employers
  • developing innovative ideas
  • creating a start-up
  • growing a business

We would like to hear your views, experience, and evidence of non-compete clauses so that we can understand:

  • when and why they are used
  • their prevalence
  • the benefits or disadvantages associated with them