Freelance rates booming – what does this mean for HR?

Over the past year, Australia’s freelance market saw a surge of 370,000 workers – with a third of the national workforce now participating in freelance work.

A new study by Upwork – an online freelancing platform – has found that 4.1 million people in Australia have done some form of freelance work in the past year.

Researchers found that 58% of the freelancers said they had made the career transition by choice – and the same number said they would not return to a ‘traditional’ work model.

According to Peter Acheson, CEO of Peoplebank, one of the most noticeable changes is to the demographics of the workforce.

“The ageing workforce is having an impact on workers’ ability to choose their own working conditions,” he told HC.

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Appeared in: HC Online
Author: Nicola Middlemiss
Date: October 2015

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