Kingston University

New Report Exploring the UK Freelance Workforce

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In total there were 1.91 million freelancers in the UK in 2015, a rise of 36 per cent since 2008 and now accounting for six per cent of the UK workforce. This is according to new research conducted by Kingston University – available to download from the CRSE Research Library.

Notably, the research suggests that a conservative estimate of freelancers’ contribution to the UK economy was £109 billion in 2015, and that they might be expected to generate even greater revenue owing to valuable knowledge and skills of these specialist individuals.

The report, Exploring the UK Freelance Workforce in 2015, follows on from research conducted on the nature and size of the UK freelance marketplace in 2008 and 2011, presenting data drawn from official UK government sources to develop a picture of the current UK freelance workforce and trends in freelance working.

Read more about the research or download a copy of the report here.