Worldwide Survey Finds Online Freelancers Not Affected by Economic Downturn

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26th September 2012 21:00 - Professional Services

A global survey of more than 3,000 independent professionals by recruitment firm Elance has shown that freelancers who work online are driving economic growth and they are also happier than permanent employees.

Freelancers are now some of the best paid workers - 57% of respondents internationally and 60% in the UK reported an increase in their 2012 income of 47% on average, while as many as two-thirds (67%) expect their income to further increase in 2013 at an average of 43% more next year.

These figures stand in stark contrast to the views of traditional workers, who are currently generally only reporting a 3% raise in their earnings.

Furthermore, 57% of freelancers who work online reported an increase in salary, while 19% said they more than doubled their freelance income in the past year.

In addition to claiming they are happier than their traditional office based counterparts, 42% of freelance workers saythey have no problem getting hired for more jobs. This clearly indicates that this sector is not being impacted by the poor global economy.

President and CEO of Elance, Fabio Rosati, commented: "In just a few short years, freelancing has gone from a last resort option to a lucrative and fulfilling career. As a 'Business of One', your potential is no longer constrained by where you live or the corporate hierarchy — the survey results clearly show that the online work opportunities are enormous.”

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