Lenders have been urged to show greater flexibility towards the 4.9 million self-employed workers in Britain todayJoe Giddens/PA

Self-employed people are still being discriminated against by banks when they apply for mortgages even though they make up a growing proportion of the workforce, a report has found.

Lenders have been urged to abandon their “tickbox mentality” and show greater flexibility amid fears that a large section of society is being shut out of the housing market.

Trussle, the online mortgage broker, found that more than two thirds of self-employed people applying for mortgages felt that they were asked intrusive questions and had to wait an unacceptable length of time before their loans went through.

Paula Higgins, chief executive of the Homeowners’ Alliance, a lobby group, said: “The mortgage industry and government need to wake up to the world in 2019 and do more…