Society’s ability to adapt was put to the ultimate test after COVID-19 swept across the globe. This was particularly notable for the global workforce, much of which was forced to work from home and figure out how to balance personal and work responsibilities.
While this transition was challenging at the beginning, workers have found their stride and many have expressed that they prefer this new arrangement. This has led professionals to look for more flexibility in their work positions.
Some workers have turned to freelancing during the pandemic to ensure that they had full flexibility in the long-term.
In fact, 83% of online talent solution firm Worksome’s freelancers said they would not be returning to permanent work.
Only 35% of London’s commuters have returned since the initial lockdown. Not only does this mean less-crowded trains, but it could also alter the way cities are built as office buildings remain vacant.
One of the biggest benefits to remote working is the opportunity to work anywhere. This has led many professionals to leave large cities for cheaper suburban areas.
Even more, some workers have been able to move overseas without finding a new position. In fact, 23% of Worksome’s contractors that are based outside of London are working for companies that are overseas.
Overall, it is evident that freelancing and flexible working are here to stay. Although the future of work is still uncertain, one thing that is clear is that it will involve having more of a say in how we work.