The Rise of Independent Professional Work & Changing Demand from European Employers
Odgers Connect conducted a study with Source Global Research into the rise of independent professional work and changing demand from European employers. The findings show that a growing “professional gig economy” of highly-skilled, independent workers is flourishing in both the UK and Europe. This is driven by organisations cutting back on core staff and instead increasingly relying on outsourced professionals working for themselves.
The biggest impact, according to Source, is at the very top of the professional workplace. Looking at management consultancy bought by organisations in the UK in 2016 for example, Source estimates that independents supplied 20% of all consultancy bought by organisations, worth around £2 billion of the £9.75 billion total.