The State of Freelancing: Why 40% of Americans Will be Freelancers by 2020

Infographic of Freelance Workforce

Did you know that by 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers (ie, freelancers)? This is according to a study conducted by software company Intuit in 2010. That’s more than 60 million workers.

Freelance Statistics

Following are some more mind-boggling (in my opinion) statistics from the QZ.com article, 40% of America’s workforce will be freelancers by 2020.

The Number of Contingent Workers in the U.S.: 42.6 million as of 2006 (this includes independent contractors, temp workers and the self-employed).

Number of Freelancers Today: No one knows, as 2006 was the last time the U.S. government tracked these statistics.

Number of Temps Employed by Large Companies: 22%, according to a survey of 200 companies.

Huge Growth in Temp Force: Between 2009 and 2012, there was an almost 30% increase according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Type of Workers Make Up This “Independent” Workforce: Infographic

Infographic of Freelance WorkforceAccording to an infographic that breaks down this freelance workforce on the HireRight.com blog by Mavenlink.com, a lot of them are editorial workers, eg, writers, copywriters, editors, translators, etc. See? (click graphic for larger view)

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