Freelancer statistics: the European freelance economy in numbers

The growth in freelancers in the EU since 2004 has been remarkable. Numbers have increased by 45% from just under 6.2 million to 8.9 million in 2013, making them the fastest growing group in the EU labor market.

Freelancers represent a significant segment of the workforce  generally, making up 25% of all those working in professional, scientific and technical work and 22% of all those in arts and entertainment.


Freelancers in Europe

Percentage Growth in Freelancers 2004-2013


Important Freelancer Statistics in Europe

  • In the UK, self-employment is now growing 4% faster than traditional employment, 4.37 million self-employed  in 2013.
  • The Netherlands has seen 92% growth in freelancing over the last 10 years.
  • 31.9% of Greeks and 23.4% of Italians are now self-employed.
  • In Spain and Slovakia, 13% of the work force are self-employment.
  • In Russia, the share of freelancers in the IT sphere is 35% of the total labor market.
  • 14.5% of employed Europeans are self-employed.