The exact number of freelancers in the UK is tricky to accurately predict as the number is constantly changing. It can also depend on how freelancers are defined or counted, or how many are entering and leaving the market at any given time.
According to a report by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), there were almost 5 million self-employed people in the UK in 2020, and it’s likely that the number has continued to grow.
This figure includes UK freelancers who are sole traders and encompasses other types of self-employment.
Another study projected that the gig economy would grow substantially through 2022 and put 7.25 million people under the ‘UK Freelancer’ banner.
What jobs are available for UK freelancers?
Jobs in the UK freelance market span many different industries and all kinds of skill sets. Some examples of common freelancing jobs in the UK include: