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More part-time contractors want to break free of their 9-5 jobs

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According to a new survey carried out by Millennial Branding and oDesk, more part-time contractors want to quit their ‘regular’ jobs and work entirely for themselves.

The ‘Millennials and the Future of Work’ report, which is a global study, surveyed just over 3,000 contractors on their views on work in the future.

The results found that 72% of those who have a permanent job, as well as carrying out contract work on a part-time basis, said that they want to leave their ‘regular’ place of work in order to pursue a full time contractor role.

Of those surveyed, 61% said that they either definitely or probably will quit their permanent jobs within the next two years. The main reason behind these contractors wanting to take the leap into working for themselves full-time is because of the increased freedom, as 89% said that they want to be able to work where and when they choose, instead of working a corporate 9-5.

Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, said of the findings, “We believe that the barriers of Industrial Age work simply don’t make sense for businesses that want to get more work done, or for workers who are demanding more freedom. No one today wants to be confined to a cubicle.

“As independent professionals embrace this freedom, hours worked on oDesk have increased eightfold since 2009.”

Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and author of Promote Yourself, added, “This signals a major shift in our economy and how we manage our careers. Entrepreneurship is now accessible to everyone regardless of age or occupation. You don’t need to own a business to be an entrepreneur, but you do need the entrepreneurial mindset to be successful in business.”

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