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Tracking the Freelance Economy: Research Using LinkedIn Data

LinkedIn conducted a research focusing on LinkedIn members with the word “freelance” in their job title, and then they aggregated the most common industries and skill sets found (chart follows). The top results range from media and communications, to engineering and software development.

Some of the key finding of the Study

  • There are also slightly more females than males freelancing which indicates that more women tend to freelance as there are slightly more males on LinkedIn overall.
  • When compared freelancers with to non-freelancing members across the same job functions, freelancers take the lead across the board — they have more recommendations, group memberships, skills listed, endorsements, and connections than average
  • Linked Data shows that freelancers juggle roughly 2.1 jobs at once (indicated by members having more than one current role listed on their LinkedIn profile without an end date)AAEAAQAAAAAAAAV7AAAAJDIzZDYxMWFlLTc0NmQtNGViNC04ZmJmLWU3MTk0ZjMyNTRhYQ

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