Female freelancers earning more than men

Monday 24 November 2014

Women are earning more for freelance work, whether as a limited company contractor, umbrella company contractor or other self employed professional, per hour than men, according to recent research.

As released by online marketplace for freelancers People Per Hour, more and more women are turning to freelance work and finding they are bridging the gap when it comes to earning potential.

The study revealed that women also pick up more freelance work than men, with Brighton, Bournemouth and Milton Keynes found to be noteworthy areas for freelance activity, with females in these locations finding the highest percentage of work over their male counterparts.

People Per Hour suggests that women earn an average hourly rate of £22.43 an hour from freelance work, while men earn an average for £21.57 for the same period. It marks a notable victory for women in the long disputed subject of earning potential between the sexes.

Furthermore, as stated in the research, women succeed over men in the bidding for jobs in 58 per cent of cases.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder and chief executive officer of People Per Hour said: “The growing mumpreneur trend has been bridging the gender pay gap in recent years and with the current boom of women taking the plunge into self-employment it’s no surprise they are out earning men in some professions.”

The study showed the highest paid profession on the website is mobile app development, with women earning £37 per hour completing this kind of work. On the other hand, men only earn £35.

The largest gap between pay for men and women was found in administrating, with the £11.50 earned by women some 35.2 per cent more than the £8.50 paid to men. Elsewhere, translating also saw a notable pay gap, with £22 per hour earned by women and just £18 by men.

Among the more popular professions advertised on People Per Hour are in the media and digital world, with writers, designers, developers and social media experts using the marketplace to find temporary work.

The site allows users to pitch themselves to potential partners, outlining their unique set of skills, experience and previously completed work. A price is then suggested by the worker and agreed between the two parties should the pitch be accepted.

According to Mr Thrasyvoulou, the online and remote working environment is helping to offer a more “level playing field” when it comes to pay between men and women.

“Many women are taking advantage of this trend and taking self-employment to the next level, starting businesses and employing others, a trend that looks set to continue,” he continued.

Of course, many who manage to break into self-employed work on a flexible basis are often delighted with how it allows them to balance work and their personal life. However, some are put off by the idea due to the lack of support given for freelance workers when it comes to sorting out tax arrangements.

Making use of a company that provides tax advice, accountancy and support to freelance workers can help to eliminate this issue, allowing you to carry out work without the worry of sorting out your tax affairs.

The recent National Freelancers Day on November 19th helped to raise some of these issues, with campaigners hoping to persuade the government to provide support to a section of the UK workforce that accounts for over four million people.

By Victoria McDonnell

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