93% of SMEs will consider employing freelancers this year

You can’t beat New Year polls to measure buisness opinion and sentiment, and a new poll by OfficeCavalry.com makes good reading for freelancers.

After finding out earlier this week that freelancers are happier than ever, they can now toast poll results which show that 93% of SMEs will consider employing contracted talent this year. 1,000 SME bosses were asked their views on freelancers, and how flexi-workers will fit into their businesses this year.

95% of bosses surveyed said they felt good about the coming year, with 20% expect to expand in 2011.  Interestingly for freelancers – 93% “considered freelancers as a real alternative to employing permanent staff”, while 52% predicted “freelancers would make a significant contribution to their workforce over the next five years”.

Andy Turner of Office Cavalry told Freelance Advisor: “SMEs are changing the way they operate. Together with improved access to finance and initiatives to do business with the public sector, we are seeing SMEs opt in favour of a more flexible way to do business; one that is cost effective, scalable and flexible.”

SMEs are set to expand this year to pass the 4.5million estimated to be in business in the UK, while the forthcoming council job cuts could see new freelancers entering the market in the coming weeks.  The number of SMEs should also expand with the expansion of the Government-led New Enterprise Allowance.

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Written by Alistair Beech on January 19, 2011 and filed in Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, News , , ,

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