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The way in which professionals apply for roles and serve businesses has evolved. Staying in one position for decades, if not the majority of your career, is no longer the norm. Remote working and freelance is on the rise, with recent government statistics revealing that 15% of the total UK workforce are now self-employed, up 70,000 from last year to 4.86 million.

Trends in self-employment – according to the Office of National Statistics – are one of the “defining characteristics” of the UK’s economic recovery and there has been consistent growth in self-employment over the last 15 years. So, with the popularity of freelancing on the rise, it is essential that you stand out from the ever-growing crowd of self-employed individuals and choose the most advantageous method of sourcing new consultancy roles. 

Gaining access to advanced qualifications and valuable knowledge, such as how to concoct a killer CV, or updates on the latest industry regulations, will help you to differentiate yourself from the growing number of applicants pursuing consultancy positions. As a freelancer, you must be proactive in your approach to employment and can’t expect work to simply approach you, however good your resume and professional expertise may be.

Employment company Indeed found that 25% of all self-employed workers in 2016 were in occupations classed as professional, highlighting that competition is becoming pretty fierce. It was also unveiled that almost a third of self-employment jobs created since 2011 fall into the ONS’ high-skill category - commonly-referred to as upskilling. This research evidences that although the number of self-employed workers is on the rise, the number of high-skill roles available to prospective candidates is also sizable, justifying that there is room to excel. 

Despite the common concerns around job security and undefined job status, the growth in the number of self-employed professionals is evidenced to deliver significant personal benefits. 85% of self-employed professionals show autonomy and control over their work and take less sickness absence than their employed counterparts. A win-win for both parties.

Alongside these benefits, the rise in consultancy roles is also changing the dynamics between the ‘employee’ and ‘employer,’ making way for a more forward-thinking and target-driven workforce. The fact that self-employed individuals account for 15% of the population highlights that people are willing to take control of their own professional destinies and that the demand for freelancing is clearly there. It’s about taking the bull by the horns to ensure you reach your full potential.

The Consultant Hub is home to the most sought-after consultancy roles on the market. Members of the network can proactively browse vacancies whilst employers can publicise roles completely free of charge, without the threat of pricey recruitment fees. As a member, you’d not only gain access to hundreds of roles, but also to a range of online courses, webinars, podcasts and documents. Sign up today to see it for yourself.

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