Top 20 Companies for Freelance Jobs in 2019
Freelancing continues to grow, with projections that freelancers will make up 51% of the total U.S. workforce in 2027. According to FlexJobs’ 2019 annual survey, which reached more than 1,800 freelancers, freelancers enjoy working, want to travel, and are passionate about success in their careers at much higher rates than workers who do not identify as freelancers. To demonstrate the various opportunities in the freelance job marketplace and help freelancers connect to jobs they enjoy, FlexJobs has identified the top 20 companies hiring freelancers so far in 2019.
“With 36% of the total U.S. workforce currently freelancing, the range of freelance job opportunities has grown dramatically in the last decade,” said Sara Sutton, founder, and CEO of FlexJobs. “A variety of companies, organizations, and government agencies hire freelancers in almost every career imaginable, with jobs varying from small, temporary projects to long-term, full-time projects,” Sutton concluded.
Below are the top 20 companies, ordered from greatest to least, for the number of freelance job postings in 2019. Staffing and recruiting companies have strong representation on this list, which shows their deep involvement in the hiring process for freelance, contract, and temporary jobs. Some staffing companies are full-service hiring for a huge variety of career fields and industries, and others specialize in a particular field or group of related industries.
This list is based on an analysis of over 51,000 companies and their freelance job posting histories in the FlexJobs database between January 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019.
1. Kelly Services 2. Kforce 3. Onward Search 4. Real Staffing 5. Motion Recruitment Partners 6. LanguageLine Solutions 7. AFIRM 8. Robert Half International 9. CyraCom 10. Aquent 11. CSI Companies 12. System One 13. Trilogy Education Services 14. 24 Seven 15. VanderHouwen & Associates 16. Landi English 17. Addison Group 18. Dahl Consulting 19. VocoVision 20. Paladin
Additional findings of freelancers from the FlexJobs survey, conducted in July 2019:
Why Freelancers Work
• 61% of freelancers reported that they work because they enjoy working, compared to 53% of non-freelancers who report the same • 60% of freelancers work because they want to travel, compared to 53% of non-freelancers • 48% of freelancers work because they are passionate about success in their career, compared to 38% of non-freelancers • When evaluating job opportunities, freelancers are more eager for a professional challenge (43%) than non-freelancers (34%)
Who is Freelancing
• Freelancing appeals to older generations as well as younger generations, with respondents identifying as: Gen Z (2%) Millennial (28%) Gen X (38) Baby Boomer (25%) Silent Generation (7%) • Freelancers are well-educated, with 72% having at least a bachelor’s degree and 31% having a graduate degree
How Much Freelancers Work
• The vast majority (90%) of freelancers report working three or fewer gigs at a time, with 42% only working one gig at a time
When searching for freelance jobs, there are a number of different terms for job seekers to consider. These can be used to help find freelance job openings, and describe oneself to potential clients.
• Freelance job: A person works for themselves, rather than for a company. While freelancers do take on contract work for companies and organizations, they are ultimately self-employed • Contract work: Working as a temporary contract worker, rather than a permanent employee • Independent contractor: Work terms are specified by a contract with another company or individual, which is how the IRS classifies this type of work • 1099: Used to describe the type of job. Refers to the IRS form an independent contractor fills out: form 1099-MISC • Contract consultant: Someone who is hired for temporary consultations for specific issues within a company • Contract-to-hire: A job that begins as a freelance, independent contractor position but has the potential to become a regular employee position if things go well
About FlexJobs FlexJobs is a premium online job service for professionals seeking flexible work, specializing in full-time and part-time remote jobs, employee and freelance jobs, and on-site jobs with flexible, part-time, and alternative schedules. Since its start in 2007, FlexJobs has helped more than 4 million people in their job searches and has created the largest vetted database of legitimate flexible job opportunities in over 50 career categories. In addition, FlexJobs provides robust career support, including curated expert resources and career coaching services, to partner with job seekers in all phases of their journey. A trusted source in the media, FlexJobs has been cited in top national outlets such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, and many others. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of flexible work. Sutton is the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.