The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report was released today. Key findings include:
- The number of independent workers aged 21 and up stands at 30.2 million in 2015, divided between 17.8 million Full-Time Independents and 12.4 million Part-Time Independents. These are people who regularly work as independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, temps, etc.) in an average work week.
- 2.9 million (or 16%) of the 17.8 million Full-Time Independents reported that they earned more than $100,000, up 45% from 2 million in 2011.
- The single most-often cited factor for working independently was “the ability to control my own schedule.” (61%)
- In 2015, 43% of those currently working full-time as Independents report that they feel more secure working independently, up from 33% in 2011.
- 79% of independent workers reported they are happier due to being independent.
- By 2020, the number of independent workers in America is expected to grow to 37.9 million.
This is the 5th year this longitudinal study of independent workers has been conducted.
The short video below contains more data and information. Go to the study's website for additional resources and information.
Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with MBO Partners on this study.