Freelancers The Future Of Employment
Freelancers make up 35% of the American workforce. The rate in the European Union is 16.1%. Both numbers reflect the same global trend. Freelancing is increasing worldwide, from creative entrepreneurs to those who paid per task. This phenomenon is also being studied by journalists, sociologists and human resource specialists. Life coaches, life coaches, and even freelancers try to discover the truth about freelancing.
The gig economy, or as it is often call, is a Janus-face and constantly evolving phenomenon. Although freelancing is often as glamorous, liberating, and empowering, the truth is much more complicate. Studies in OECD countries show that most of these people work in the service industry (50% for men and 70% for women). Rest of the workforce includes everything from assistants online to designers, architects and photographers.
From The Creative Class To Precariat Freelancers
According to a 2017 study, the majority of freelancers working in OECD countries were slashers. This means that they work part-time or full time and their contract work is supplement by another job.
These extra earnings can be very varied. A few hours per month may be enough to earn several hundred euros for someone who edits instruction manuals at home. This growing industry may pay ten times more for occupational therapists who work as freelance.
The most famous face of freelance is the creative class. This group of highly connected, educated, globalized workers specializes in communication, media design, and tech among other areas.
These people are web designers, architects, bloggers, consultants, and others whose job is to keep up with the latest trends. They are call social influencers by the most innovative.
This group is partly responsible for London’s flat-white economy, which Douglas McWilliams, an economist, has call a vibrant, coffee-fueled market that is fuel by creativity and combines innovative business approaches with lifestyle.
Large Client Base Freelancers
These hipsters are sometimes called proficians and may have a lot of gigs and a large client base. McWilliams believes they could be the future of British prosperity. The precarians are also hard working, but in a less high-ranking fashion. These task-tacklers are able to carry out repetitive tasks for long hours, often via an online platform such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. They can be used for many gigs that do not require creativity or expertise.
These online workers are not guaranteed employment. They also likely do not receive the same benefits as employees. There are many in-betweeners between the creative class, and those who struggle to manage enough jobs to make ends meet: bloggers motivated by their passion for writing but struggling to make a living; online assistants content with their jobs; students earning extra money by working a few hours per week as graphic designers.
The freelancers make up a diverse group of workers. Their educational backgrounds, motivations and ambitions are all different from each other. It is therefore difficult for commentators to accurately portray their diversity without resorting only to caricature.
The Pursuit Of Freedom And Income
People are increasingly making freelancing a way to escape the 9-to-5 grind. Many freelancers may have chosen this type of employment model regardless of their job. It offers (or seems to offer) freedom, the ability to work anywhere and anytime. Only 37% of US freelancers admit to using gig work for necessity. In 2014, this number was 47%.
This isn’t the end of the salariat. As in Russia, full-time, company-based employment is still the norm in many Western countries. However, the rise in telecommuting, automation, and crowdsourcing will mean that there will be more companies that run their businesses with fewer employees.