Online self-employment and digital jobs on the rise

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Business is booming for the digital media and technology industry, and this means that there are fresh opportunities for independent professionals.

Britain has seen a rise in the number of workers becoming self-employed in the digital sector.

The number of freelancer digital jobs in the UK has increased by 14 per cent since May 2016, according to data released by the Online Labour Index - launched by professors at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Many of these jobs are available on specialist  websites, where self-employed people can find jobs as coders, designers, writers and website developers.

The significant rise in self-employment has contributed to strengthening the UK economy, but the so-called ‘gig-economy’ is growing steadily alongside. In part this is the result of the rise in the digital media industries, where jobs in writing, editing, marketing, public relations, social media, video production, app and software development, graphic design and advertising have become increasingly popular.

In fact, becoming a self-employed media and creative professional no longer has the perceived stereotypes that come with it, because there are a number of lucrative opportunities and projects now available in new media and freelancer-focused websites.

Also, as a result of the changing and progressive nature of new media and technology, it is now much easier to work anywhere in the world - as long as you have an internet connection and access to a laptop. This means individuals wanting to go self-employed in these industries do not have to be based in the traditional workplace.

The trend in self-employment is set to continue, and it is often predicted that by 2020, around 50 per cent of all workers will be self-employed. With the number of media and creative freelance jobs that are becoming available each day, the amount of digital freelancers is set to continue to rise exponentially.

By Victoria McDonnell

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