MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos are choosing to do freelance work online, according to American freelance jobs website Elance.
The company noted that the number of new Filipino users who registered in the first quarter of 2013 jumped 89% to 1,456 compared to the same period a year ago.
Elance currently has 95,000 registered Filipino users.
In a statement on Tuesday, April 23, Elance announced that 76.9% of respondents to its “State of the Filipino Freelance Market” report said that they chose online freelance work because of schedule flexibility.
The study also found that Filipinos chose to do freelance work because it allows them to work from anywhere (74.8%) and leaves them enough time to “pursue their passion” (71.2%).
The report also claimed that 67.7% of users are happier while 88.5% said that they have used their time productively.
The company said that most Filipino freelancers specialize in information technology and programming, administrative support, writing and translation.
Elance added that Filipino freelancers earn an average of $8.3 per hour. Filipino freelancers specializing in IT and programming earn the most with an hourly rate of $14.4.
“The progress in the Philippines is above the overall growth Elance is experiencing. In fact, with the potential for even greater growth as companies continue to embrace online freelance work, the future is bright indeed for Filipino talents and the local economy alike,” said Elance’s VP for Europe Kjetil Olsen.
Elance’s report also found that 56% of respondents freelance full-time while 40.8% of respondents started a full-time job with freelance work on the side. The report also showed that 20.8% started doing freelance work after being laid off.
The study also found that 20% of respondents work more than 40 hours a week while almost a quarter said that they work between 11 to 20 hours per week.
The majority of respondents for the report were female (59.2%). A large fraction of those surveyed were 32 years or younger (55.4%) and with a Bachelor’s degree (67.7%). – Rappler.com