Top 25 fascinating facts about freelancing

Published on 2018-03-27 by Marcin Nieweglowski.

To prove it, we prepared a set of trends and issues which are familiar to freelancing. They pinpoint that significance and influence of digital nomads and independent professionals strongly rise. Freelancing changes its status from an underdog to a dark horse of global economy. And nobody can't withhold this process.

Fact #1
From remote workers to remote teams, freelance world is evolving.
Source: Chanty

Fact #2
3,5 million freelancers work in Australia.
Source: Startup Daily

Fact #3
Safety, good weather in summer, low prices and cost of living, fast internet along well-developed transport networks, easiness of starting a business and income tax - they’re critical factors for freelance-friendly cities.
Sources: Hoofdkraan, Expert Market

Fact #4
27% of UK designers (especially related to fashion and graphic fields) are freelancers.
Source: Design Week

Fact #5
47% of creative workers in the UK creative industries are freelancers.
Source: Creative Industries Federation

Fact #6
Remote work will disrupt population distribution in the United States in 2018.
Source: Atlassian

Fact #7
France is the second - after the US - largest marketplace for temporary staffing worldwide.

Fact #8
Estonia is the first country which developed a special program dedicated to digital nomads.
Source: Quartz

Fact #9
A third of British workers spend more than half their working day remotely.
Source: Netimperative

Fact #10
Portugal’s Lisbon is the best city for remote workers. In turn, Dhaka in Bangladesh is the worst city for freelancers across the globe.
Source: Hoofdkraan

Fact #11
Professions such as design, IT as well as media and communication dominate the freelance sphere.
Source: PROUnlimited

Fact #12
By establishing a branded coworking popup in the USA, Red Bull made its first step into freelance world.
Source: The Minneapolis Egotist

Fact #13
Tapping talent outside companies to engage just-in-time talent was mentioned by DXC Technologies experts as a crucial point in guideposts for innovation on digital transformation.
Source: DXC Technologies

Fact #14
Freelance economy adds $1.4 trillion and €270 billion to the US and Europe economies, accordingly.
Source: Adecco Group

Fact #15
Over 80% of large corporations plan to expand the use of remote workers by 2020.
Source: Intuit

Fact #16
Hong Kong, USA, South Korea, UAE, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand but also Estonia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic - these countries are considered as best places for digital nomads.
Source: Expert Market

Fact #17
Insurance market tries to take advantage of emerging freelance market. Some startups offer services bespoken to independent professionals.

Fact #18
With possessing 32% share across the world, UK is a global leader when it comes to providing flexible workplaces.
Source: Cushman & Wakefield

Fact #19
By 2020, remote work will have been a preferred option for 50% of the workforce.
Source: London Business School

Fact #20
Over 20% of independent professionals in Spain are foreigners.
Source: The Local Spain

Fact #21
In EU, over 9.5 million workers are classified as freelancers.
Source: EFIP

Fact #22
Roughly 37% of Dutch workers (over 3 million people) are categorized as part-time or full-time freelancers.

Fact #23
For almost 80% freelancers, home remains their primary place of work.
Source: Buffer

Fact #24
The majority of American workforce will have been working remotely by 2027.
Source: World Economic Forum

Fact #25
Currently, freelancers represent 15,8% of the workforce in the European Union.
Source: OECD