Freelancers event fuelled by millennials
Today is National Freelancers Day and to mark the occasion the eighth National Freelancers Day event is being held in London.
The event will comprise of interactive workshops, one to one sessions and networking opportunities, as well as the third IPSE-QA Freelancer Awards.
Held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, the event will also host speakers including Tom Rosenthal, comedian and actor, and technology author and journalist Christer Holloman.
In an age where technology has made flexible working and home working increasingly easier, changes to the way in which companies and industries operate has resulted in contract and freelance work becoming more common.
Since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, the UK has seen a 36% rise in the number of people choosing to work as freelancers, with 1.91 million people now working for themselves.
On average, freelancers earn £30,000 per fiscal quarter, which is 10% more than the annual national average (£26,500). More than one in ten (13%) also now freelance for a second job.
There has also been a 51% increase in the number of millennials (16-29 year olds) taking on freelance work.
Jacques de la Bouillerie, managing director of European staffing platform Coople, said, “Since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, Britain has seen a staggering rise in the number of people choosing to work for themselves; this has been highlighted by the 51% increase in millennials working independently and taking charge of their careers.
“In most recent years we can attribute a proportion of this rise in freelancers as a result from the growing on-demand economy, which has made the job market ripe for change. Smartphone usage and apps are facilitating this - they make it easier and quicker for businesses to find potential freelancers for their employment as and when they require it. In return, freelancers are finding it simpler to find work that fits around their schedules and lifestyles.
“This new wave of recruitment directly speaks to freelancers and the on-demand economy and helps established businesses adapt to this new model too. It’s crucial for companies to wake up to the value of freelance work in supporting its core staff, and how this can perfectly compliment the peaks and troughs of demand that come with running a business”.