British small businesses using more independent workers

Originally posted on Gigaom:

At Net:Work last December Gene Zaino, the president and CEO of MBO Partners, made a bold prediction based on his firm’s research: Independent workers will be the majority in the U.S. by 2020.

Whether Zaino’s estimate of exactly when freelancers and independent professionals will outnumber regular employees proves correct, the general trend toward a rise in the number of independent workers is hard to deny. Online platforms connecting these pros to contract-based work are flourishing, and media chatter about the so-called “gig economy” is growing steadily louder. But is what is true in America also true abroad? Are other countries experiencing the same rise in the percentage of workers going independent?

A new piece of evidence suggests that freelancers are a growing part of the economy in the U.K. as well, at least when it comes to the small-business sector. Online labor platform PeoplePerHour.com recently polled 1,300 British…

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