June 10th, 2022

80+ Essential Freelance Statistics you need to know in 2022

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As the past years have been filled with significant change and uncertainty, many individuals are looking to take control of their financial future. More people are switching to a freelance career to gain the freedom to work remotely, create their own work schedules and potentially make more money. It makes sense to be optimistic about the freelance revolution. Over the last two years, data shows increased support and adoption of the freelance ecosystem, increased business buy-in and market strength, and a general increase in freelancer satisfaction. 

This article provides details on the current trends and key statistics of freelance work to help you better understand the freelancing world, and gain insights into what freelancers can expect in the near future.

Key Freelance Statistics

The key freelance statistics/trends below provide an overview of this fast-growing and changing industry. Of note, even the terminology around the freelancer industry is changing and varies greatly.

There are over 1 billion freelancers in the world, which is equivalent to approximately 31.4% of the total global workforce

Future Of Freelance Statistics

Freelance work is becoming hugely popular and dynamic as more workers move away from full-time employment and adopt the freelance lifestyle. The future of freelance looks promising. Keep in mind that projections must take into account industry saturation and other factors such as automation and other technological advancements. The statistics below provide insight into what the future of freelance may look like.

Freelance Job/Earning Statistics

These statistics reveal freelancer earnings over a range of industries and trends in how many freelancers secure work.

Freelance Statistics by Country

While the US and EU are major markets for global freelance work, changes to the industry are driven by global talent supply and demand. Freelancers work on every continent. Innovation in tech products and services and a growing freelance support ecosystem has resulted in the industry contributing more than a trillion dollars to global GDP.

Freelance Education Statistics

The majority of freelancers have qualifications specific to their roles, but there are some who jump into freelancing with no formal education. The following freelance statistics reveal more information about key trends in freelancers’ education paths including increased upskilling and reskilling.

Freelance Work-Life Balance/Health Statistics

As the majority of freelancers work from home in a non-traditional job, it can be expected that the work-life balance will also look different from those in traditional full-time employment. The statistics below provide some interesting insights into the work-life balance and health of freelancers.

Freelance Jobs by Industry

Almost all industries have freelance jobs available. Gone are the days when freelancers were mainly developers and copywriters. In fact, C-suite level roles, consulting, customer service, medical jobs, and entertainment all have moved in the direction of freelance. Gaining flexibility and the security that you are in control of your own career path has driven many individuals to seek a freelance career. The statistics below illustrate the most popular freelance jobs by industry through 2021-2022.

According to the Global Survey on Freelancing:

The highest paying freelance skills of today are:

And, according to the Global Survey on Freelancing:

Key Takeaways

As we’ve seen, many global factors influence the massive freelance hiring movement we’re seeing all types and sizes of businesses participate in. 

Businesses hire freelancers to access skills they don’t have in-house to supplement their teams. Using freelance talent has proven beneficial for many businesses as it allows them to reduce the effort and resources focused on recruiting, hiring, and onboarding full-time employees. 

Though every freelancer is different, and each person’s definition of success varies, the benefits of the freelance lifestyle consistently talked about across the globe (especially since the pandemic) include:

Communo’s mission is to connect businesses to the right talent at the right time and to help our freelancers find meaningful work. If you require additional assistance, please email [email protected]

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