To celebrate National Freelancers Day the research from PeoplePerHour reveals that the number of businesses hiring freelance support has already more than double (150%) this year, compared to 2013, with 2 months still left to go.
The data reveals that 36% of freelancers were employed to help with design tasks, which was followed by 23% for web development and 14% writing. However, the biggest change from 2013 to this year has been a doubling of the number of businesses employing freelancers to help with software development (197%) and social media (196%), following by a 168% increase in assistance for translation.
The research analysed data on the jobs purchased through the PeoplePerHour site in 2013 and 2014 so far, highlighting the broad areas that employers are looking for additional support with and the specific skills they are utilising external help to fulfil.
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The findings additionally demonstrate the need for freelance support has during the summer, with figures showing a 64% increase in the freelancer jobs purchased compared to the previous 3 months.
The latest data and insight on the ‘Freelance Economy’ is also available via The Freelance Data Hub, which recently launched its public beta.