July 20, 2017

Gender, location, age matter less in digital economy: Matt Barrie, Founder, Freelancer.com



A photo of Matt Barrie Chief Executive Officer of Freelancer.com
By freelancer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Matt Barrie said freelancing is displacing payroll employment globally. In the US, self-employed workers, pegged at 15.5 million in 2015, are expected to touch 60 million by 2020, comprising 40% of the workforce, according to software firm Intuit. Uber may be hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, but the sharing economy is here to stay. As it reshapes the world of business, it is equally disrupting the world of work, too. Freelancing is displacing payroll employment globally.

In the US, self-employed workers, pegged at 15.5 million in 2015, are expected to touch 60 million by 2020, comprising 40% of the workforce, according to software firm Intuit. India, with a 470 millionstrong workforce, has also joined the gigs economy. Matt Barrie , founder of Freelancer.com , an online outsourcing marketplace that claims to be the world’s largest, tells ET that India is No. 2, after the US, in terms of number of users on Freelancer. Excerpts from an email interview:

On Freelancer.com
It is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace in terms of the number of users and projects posted on the site. We have over 24 million users worldwide. Over 11 million […]

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