Stats, Stats, And More Stats About The Human Cloud, Remote Work, And The Freelance Economy
55% of American Workers plan to look for a new job, 34% growth in number of freelancers, 90% of business leaders ready to hire freelancers, and more!
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Most Common Stats
The freelance economy is a $5.4 trillion dollar market (SIA)
33 million people performed contingent work in the US last year (SIA), 86.5 MIL. Of the US workforce will be independent freelancers by 2027 (STATISTA)
90% of leaders are prioritizing independent workers (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW)
60% of executives say they will substantially replace full time employees with independent workers in the next 3 years (MERCER)
Global Survey On Freelancing, Jon Younger, University of Toronto
Why do freelancers freelance?
According to Flexjobs:
62% of survey respondents said that the flexibility of work schedules was a significant factor in their decision to freelance
56% of respondents to the FlexJobs survey said the general concept of having freedom to make choices that suit their lives was a huge reason to freelance
Growth of the freelance economy?
According to MBO’s The Great Realization
Number of Freelancers grew 34%, from 38.2 million to 51.1 million.
68% of newcomers were Gen Z or millennials, and 55% of newcomers were female
66% of full time freelancers believe they are more secure than traditional workers
78% Say they are healthier working independently
According to Statista
by 2027, 86.5 million people will be freelancing in the United States, the research firm predicts, with freelancers making up 50.9% of the total U.S. workforce
According to Business News Daily
Freelancers earn more than average workers
44% of freelancers made more money than they did when employed at a traditional job
According to Upwork’s Freelance Forward Economist Report
Freelancers contributed $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy in annual earnings.
53% of all freelancers provided skilled services such as computer programming, marketing, IT, and business consulting in 2021, up from 50% in 2020
56% of non-freelancers say they are likely to freelance in the future
9 in 10 freelancers believe that the “best days are ahead” for freelancing; Two-thirds (67%) say they are optimistic about their career in 2022, compared to 58% non-freelancers
According to Jon Younger and the University of Toronto’s Global Survey On Freelancing
69% of freelancers are loyal to one or two platforms rather than several
30% of freelancers struggle, with 34% of freelancers worrying about their financial performance
According to HBS’s Building The On-Demand Workforce
Almost 90% of business leaders stated that “talent platforms would be somewhat or very important to their organization’s future competitive advantage”
Main challenges of freelancing?
According to Skynova
Freelance Acquisition Related
Paro, finance/accounting freelance platform, raised $25m.
Stoke Talent was acquired in under 2 years by Fiverr for $95m.
Braintrust, freelance platform that brands itself a ‘web 3 job board’ raised $100 million through it’s own tokens.
Superside, the closest thing to Uber for freelance design services, raised $30 million.
We Are Rosie, marketing freelance platform, raised at a $100m valuation after growing by 556% in the last year.
Remote/Hybrid Work Related
90% of employees want continued flexibility in where and when they work
68% of employees would choose remote working options over in-office work
61% of employees would be willing to take a pay cut to maintain remote working status
just 15% of workers would apply for a position that requires total full-time office work
Jason Calcanis LinkedIn Survey
63% said they should embrace a hybrid return to the office where employees choose remote or in-office
~60% of venture capital firms plan to keep a hybrid work model, while just 6% are mandating a return to full-time work in the office.
American Express gives employees the freedom to work from wherever they want for up to four weeks per year through the "Amex Flex" plan
Almost 15% of high-paying job listings are now remote. According to Dan Pink, “that would have been *unthinkable* in October 2019”.
Great Resignation Related
55% of American Workers plan to look for a new job
41% of Workers across the globe are considering leaving their jobs
74% of participants in a LinkedIn study said time spent at home during the pandemic caused them to reevaluate their current work situation
4.5 million workers quit their jobs in November, a new record according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
4.4 million workers quit in September, second straight record month. Thanks for the great chart 👇 David Hanrahan!
4.3 million people quit their jobs in August (2.9% of the U.S. workforce).
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