This really doesn’t come as a surprise. Last week, I interviewed a millennial who had worked in the same digital media agency for 1.5 years. She quit and decided to broaden her knowledge and skills through freelancing. She was in a band and also needed to have flexibility to attend rehearsals. I am seeing this more and more but is there a common denominator here? Almost half of Europe's young adults are living with their parents, new data suggests. Would this candidate have been able to quit her job if she was paying off a mortgage I wonder? Whilst freelancing allows flexibility and can be lucrative when the economy is strong, there is always risk financially, one that some are unable to take due to financial burdens.
Once the realm of those unable to gain full-time employment, freelancing has recently become a legitimate and fulfilling way to carve out a career. Since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, the UK has seen a 36% rise in the number of people choosing to become freelance – according to statistics from The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed. That equals to 1.91 million Brits now working for themselves, with a staggering 51% increase in the number of Millennials choosing to take the freelance route. With today National Freelancer Day, Managing Director of on-demand staffing platform Coople, Jacques De La Bouillieries believes this is due to a culture shift and a rise in the on-demand economy.