Perhaps understandably, optimism was muted amongst freelancers who work exclusively within the Public sector. Even contractors that serve the private sector do not credit an improvement in the general economic climate for their buoyant outlook. Most freelancers point to a growing trend amongst employers toward the use of a temporary workforce as the key factor over an improvement in the general economic climate.
The findings of the research also encompassed a 'happiness index' claiming that staggering 86.3% stated they were happier as freelancers since switching from permanent positions. The happiness was measured on a scale from ‘moderate to ecstatic’. Nearly 20% of freelancers described themselves as 'Blissfully happy'.
Whatever the next few months bring it is certain that an increasing proportion of the workforce will seek new work and alternative employment through online communities and websites. If this improves the levels of positivity in the UK workplace (even if only until the redundancy money runs out) then it can only be seen as a positive thing.