Who is the flexible workforce?

May, 20, 2014 by Vera Gavizon author workhoppers

Freelancing, remote work, flexible jobs, we have all heard about them, but what is their actual representation in the current flexible workforce labor market? More importantly, how is our Workhopper’s Community looking like today in the context of the current North American flexible workforce labor reality? Well, get ready Workhoppers, we are about to embark on the fun journey of statistics!!! (Said no one ever- but I will try my best to be informative and entertaining I promise!). So, lets look at the nitty-gritty’s of Workhoppers- basically, a census of our community.

infograph workhopper's skills

Infograph Workhoppers skills


In terms of Workhopper’s skills, occupations in Sales & Marketing (17%), Administrative Support (14%), Designing and Media (13%), and General Support (18%), take the lead.

On the other hand, although women in North America make up for only one third of self-employed jobs, female Workhoppers represent almost 60% of our database. Thus, even though there is not an ideal 50-50 representation for both genders, it is much more evenly distributed than the 70-30 we see in today’s labour market (go us!).


infographic workhoppers' community

Infographic of the Workhoppers’ community


Moving on to age, 46% of us are between 22-34, 18% accounts for the age group of 35-44, and 15% are part of the 45-54 cohort; interestingly enough, around 30% percent of self-employed individuals in North America are 55 years and older. So, while most of our Hoppers are in the 22-34 age group, we believe that diversity of any kind just enriches our community; therefore, it does not matter if you are 18 or 65, our doors are always open!

Moving on, so, where do most of Workhoppers work from? Well, 76% work from anywhere, 14% from home, and 10% on-site…I am going to let that sink in for a minute…76%. This percentage is perhaps the most representative of what we are all about here at Workhoppers. Flexibility is key for us, and the fact that, by far, the majority of our community is working from where they feel the most comfortable, brings a smile to our faces.


Ultimately, in terms of work experience and education level, the average Workhopper has 5 years or more in working experience and has obtained a college degree; BUT, be aware that Workhoppers with no experience or less than 2 years of experience, still account for 20% of us; and Workhoppers with less than a college degree still represent 25% of our community.


Once again, diversity and flexibility are essential for our community and our statistics are there to back that up. It does not matter what your background is, here at Workhoppers, we are committed to help you find your ideal flexible job.


So common’, Hop on board!


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