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Biggest shift in work since industrial revolution, world's largest report into online work finds

Biggest shift in work since industrial revolution, world's largest report into online work finds

Today marks the launch of the largest, independent report into online employment across the world.

Elance's Annual Impact Report investigates the socioeconomic impact of online working from the UK to China and from Romania and to Pakistan. The report also benchmarks six key areas of impact: opportunity, productivity, happiness, community, flexibility and equality.

Worth a staggering $1billion, the online working industry is what Kjetil Olsen, VP of Europe for Elance has called "the biggest shift in work since the industrial revolution".  

The report finds that millions of people are turning to sites like Elance to work online for companies across the world. This allows them to escape their local economy, overcome workplace discrimination and gain new found freedom in their working life.  

In the UK, the report found that the number of freelancers working on Elance increased by 73% in the past year.  There has also been a 50% rise in the number UK freelancers being hired around the world, finding work in places such as USA, Canada and United Arab Emirates providing skills such as writing and IT programming.

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