Thursday, September 19, 2013
Freelancer population rising--and not going back to offices
Now--even the writers who told me I was nuts for being worried, are worried. And at the same time, the entire economy is starting to trend toward self-employment.
More than 17 million American identified themselves as consultants, freelancers, or temps in May 2013. This was 10% more than in 2011.
This number will be 28 million by 2018.
Thirty-six percent of these are Gen Xers (age 34 to 49). The Boomers are 33%. Millennials are 20%. And "the matures" (yick), age 68 and up, are 11%.
They claim the economy is improving, but all I see is more part-time jobs being filled.
Experts wonder why freelancers are not flocking back to companies.
One guy said it best. "Companies are less committed to commitment."
As a side note, I find I can be superbly qualified for an assignment, but not get it. I think I am tagged as a "mature" when I list top-name publications. I think they assume I will want to be paid decently.