8 Years of Insight on the Growth of the Independent Workforce
The 2018 MBO Partners State of Independence in America paints a nuanced picture of the 42 million Americans who work independently as independent professionals, contractors, consultants, freelancers, side giggers and more.
In this eight year of the report, the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce, American independents emerge as strong, mature, and satisfied.
Even amidst record low unemployment and the strongest jobs market in decades, independent work remains a viable and desirable career path.
"People from all industries choose to become independent professionals,” says Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO Partners. “The key word here is 'choose.'"
With each passing year, independent workers grow in both popularity and in size.
“Independent work and traditional jobs are not engaged in a zero-sum fight, but rather, growing in unison," says Zaino.
Independent work is or has been a part of nearly 47% of American’s careers, a number that is poised to swell to 52% in the next five years.
In the 2018 study, four key trends emerged, each of which mirrors trends in the overall economy.
Independents remain a powerful economic force, contributing more than $1.3 trillion annually to the economy, more than 6.7% of U.S. GDP. The scale is growing globally as well; one in five serve customers outside of the United States as well as domestically.
This year's study underscores that independence will remain a viable and desired option for workers in the years to come.
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