How Technology is Changing Today’s Remote Workers
Upwork is a leading freelancer platform that connects clients who need services from freelancers like programmers, graphic designers, writers, marketers, and more. The company released their fifth annual study of the freelancing industry. Here are some notable items boosted by the surge in technology to support remote workers:
- Since 2015, freelancers in the United States are putting in more hours than ever, up an amazing 72 million hours a week to over 1 billion hours total each week spent on remote projects thanks to technology advancements.
- More than 3 in 4 freelancers cite technology as the main reason it’s easier to find work. Just a scant 4 years ago, only 42% of freelancers found work online. Today, 64% of freelancers find their projects online, a 22 point increase.
- Freelancers spent over 1.07 billion hours working remotely in 2018, compared to 998 million hours per week freelancing in 2015.
- Technology enables freelancers to scout out online, tech-savvy skills-related training: 70% of freelancers surveyed took part in education or training in the last 6 months compared to 49% of full-time employees.
- Skills-related training is more likely for both freelancers and non-freelancers to help them stay abreast of changing technology, with 33% of those surveyed looking to increase their computer skills.
- 67% of full-time freelancers claim the industry is changing more quickly compared to 3 years ago, and a full 76% say technology makes it easier to find work.
- In 2014, 42% of freelancers said they found work online, while in 2018, a full 64% are finding online opportunities thanks to technology.
In fact, according to another Upwork survey of executives, 90% are open to hiring freelancers to cater to the work needing done. This is mainly due to technology improvements that allow clients and freelancers to connect online. Technology is changing the way we work.