New research, looking into the working lives of Australian freelancers, has revealed high levels of commitment and attitude when it comes to being self-employed.
The 2012 IPro Index study, which has been carried out by Monash University senior lecturer Dr Tui McKeown, has shown how productive the Australian freelancers can be, with 85 per cent of respondents saying they work as quickly as possible and 96 per cent meeting client deadlines at all times.
The research also found that 98 per cent of the contractors surveyed have their client’s best interests at heart, as they feel both committed to and engaged with their clients.
According to Suneeta Johal, Research and Information Executive at PCG, this is likely to be a result of the mode of working itself. “Being a successful freelancer relies on delivering to an extremely high standard on every project and maintaining good client relationships. Simply put, if freelancers do not deliver, they will not be asked back to pitch for future contracts, which will soon lead to work drying up.”
The report also showed that the number of Australians seeking a more flexible approach to working is growing fast, which is a similar story in the UK, as well as in other parts of the world.
Suneeta Johal explains, “Australia is by no means on its own when it comes to the growth in flexible working. We are experiencing the same thing here in the UK and data from the USA tells us freelancing is on the up across the Atlantic too.”