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News - 21 November 2012

Half of UK freelancers will never return to '9 to 5'

Research released today by local company Crunch Accounting shows that nearly half of all UK freelancers would never be tempted back to the office. Good news because Brighton has got more than most and they are very valuable to the local economy.

There are an estimated 1.6 million freelancers in the UK. National Freelancer Day takes place 21 November and the survey, commissioned to mark the day, asked UK freelancers how they might be tempted back to being an employee. Although 47% said that they would never go back, the most appealing lures were more flexible working hours (18%), more money (13%) and more control (8%).

In Brighton’s digital sector freelancers allow established businesses to scale up when they land large projects and scale back down in quieter times. They also allow businesses to buy in expertise that it may not be economical to employ on a full time basis.

The city's workforce has the second highest percentage of self-employed people in the south east demonstrating an entrepreneurial flair bettered only by Guildford.

Jon Norris, web editor at Crunch Accounting and Freelance Advisor commented: “Brighton has around double the national average of freelancers so we’re throwing them a party to mark National Freelancers Day on 22 November. Many of them will be clients so it’ll be an opportunity for some networking and a well-deserved drink on us.”

Freelance Advisor and Wired Sussex are supporting Crunch Accounting to organise a party for freelancers located in and around Brighton from 7.30pm on 22 November at The Terraces. To register your attendance and to find out more, go to

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