Upwork has released its annual Freelance Forward 2022 report about the current state of the U.S. freelance economy.
As usual, they used a super-wide definition of freelance work, counting anyone who has “engaged in supplemental, temporary, project- or contract-based work within the past 12 months” as a freelancer. Yes, including diversified workers with more jobs and full-time employees with tiny gigs. All of these categories combined made up 39% of the U.S. workforce. Other estimates focused on full-time freelancers and qualified independent professionals are way lower.
However, some reported findings are remarkable. Here are the highlights:
P.S. Find out more about the taxonomy of freelance work in last year’s talk European Freelancers & Where to Find Them.
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