MBO Partners has announced the kickoff of its first annual "State of Independence in America" study. This study will examine the significant and growing independent worker (self-employed, freelancer, contractor, temps, etc.) movement in the US.
The goal of the study is to assess the size and the demographic profile of this growing segment of the workforce and detail the trends and challenges that will impact independent workers over the next five years.
MBO Partners provides legal, financial and business infrastructure services for thousands of independent consultants and freelancers. They also provide contingent workforce solutions for companies who hire independent consultants and freelancers. Because of this, they have deep domain knowledge on independent workers.
Emergent Research (that's us) is partnering with MBO on this study, as is the market research firm Rockbridge Associates.
The study has both qualitative and quantitative components, including interviews and focus groups of independent workers and a national survey.
We will posting on the study here and MBO has an excellent blog on independent workers that focuses on this topic.