2012 marks not only the first anniversary of the State of Independence in America Report but also a pivotal year in recognizing the current change taking place in the American workforce. The march toward a new age of career independence continues as more individuals strive for mobility – not just job-to-job but project-to-project and client-to-client as well. With about a million new independent workers entering the economy this year, self-employment is clearly growing by leaps and bounds.
The 2nd Annual MBO Partners "State of Independence in America" report marks the first year-over-year look into the data that helps define the self-employed demographic. The total number of independent contractors, freelancers, consultants, and micropreneurs has rapidly expanded to 17 million workers, up from 16 million in 2011.
The report dives even deeper, exploring the idea that independents aren’t just growing in numbers but in satisfaction as well. Independents are happier than ever, and are achieving nearly an 85% satisfaction rating by taking more control over their career choices – getting the freedom, flexibility and project choices they want.
Being happy is just half of the equation. In this years report MBO is once again discovering that individuals who chose independence have no plans of turning back. With results like this, we are predicting a continued rise in those who choose independence - with as many as 23 million in the workforce over the next five years.
Independence is far from an economic trend. The report solidifies the idea that a major change has and will continue to take place in the structure of the American workforce. The 2012 "State of Independence in America" report discusses all of these ideas in detail, as well as the ongoing change as more people leave behind traditional work options in favor of self-employment.