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Independent survey suggest employers prefer Employees but appreciate Freelancers

Yesterday, Penn Schoen Berland (PSB),a global research based consultancy, released the results of a survey they conducted with 800 employers last month. Their findings suggest that though 90% of employers appreciate the advantages that come with hiring independent contractors.  Benefits such as, specialized workers, no employee taxes and flexibility are great; yet 58% still prefer the stability that comes with hiring employees. However, as the On-demand economy continues to thrive, employers still want the best of both worlds. Because employees are more likely to be fully invested in their work while freelancers save on money and only have to be hired when the need arises.

Burson-Marsteller reports,”The consensus that held the 20th Century social contract together is coming apart,” said Bruce Reed, co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative. “While companies prefer full-time employees, more and more are using independent contractors to reduce costs, and two-thirds say providing those workers benefits is someone else’s responsibility.  We need a 21st Century social contract that works for everyone by making it easier for employers to share its responsibilities in investing in workers and easier for all Americans to take more benefits with them from job to job.”
Agreed, freelancer benefits may not be the employer’s responsibility but something needs to be done to provide independent contractors incentives as well. Otherwise, freelancers will continue to be appreciated and devalued simultaneously.


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