Large enterprises are always looking for ways to cut costs and minimize waste. Today, an excessive number of full-time employees is seen as just that, waste! Simply because they are not a flexible resource. Just look at a company like Microsoft. They have more than 60 % more freelancers of some sort compared to full-time employees.
Between 2009 and 2012, a large investigation into the 200 largest companies in the world revealed that 22 % of all workers were freelancers of some sort. Bureau of Labor Statistics also showed that the number of temporary workers within the same period increased with impressively 29%.
This is a sign that….
companies often run into situations, where they need skilled workers. Or a sign that they often need temporary workers to finish a project in time. So what do they do? They hire freelancers, a lot of them.
Small companies hire freelancers to scale their business!
A similar trend is true for small businesses. Small companies increasingly improve efficiency and minimizes economic risks by hiring temporary workers. In the UK, a survey of 250 small businesses revealed that no less than 44 % uses freelancers to scale their business.
This is particularly trending within the tradespeople business.
Tradespeople as carpenters, electricians, bricklayers, painters, riggers or plumbers are demanded on a freelance basis. They are hired by both small and large businesses.
Small construction firms may receive orders that require capacities way beyond their full-time employees. But small tradespeople businesses simply can’t afford to hire 5 new employees for a job. They do not have any guarantees to have jobs for these employees in let’s say 1, 2 or 3 months.
Consequently, small firms hire flexible workers. This way avoiding to drain the economy on the long-term. Hiring freelance blue-collar workers are thus becoming a popular solution.
Blue-collar workers are though definitely also demanded by large enterprises.
Freelancers opportunities have never been better
Working as a freelancer is bound with some uncertainty, inconsistency and monthly income variations. However, it definitely looks like that the chances to have consistent work as a freelancer have never been better. The demand for freelancers only seems to increase, in a variety of different industries, and by firms of all sizes.
Small or big, it does not really matter. Freelancers and flexible resources are needed everywhere.
Look forward to our next blog post, where you can check out just how much freelancers earn in average compared to full-time employees.