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IT freelancers couldn't be happier

A survey carried out by HR service provider Gulp reveals that an overwhelming majority of IT and engineering freelancers in German-speaking countries are satisfied with their career situation and see the future positively.

05 Jan. 2018
Source: GULP
Source: GULP

For the first part of the study , Gulp investigated how age and experience influence the hourly rates of IT and engineering freelancers. The second part places a focus on projects and skills. Of the 1,094 freelancers surveyed, 95.6% indicated that their independence is important to them, while a notable 89.4% were satisfied with their current professional situation.

This is helped by the minor improvements many are seeing in their workloads. While 30.9% were active between 41 and 50 hours a week in 2016, in 2017 this figure fell to 23.9% – Stefan Symanek, Head of Marketing a Gulp, presumes that employers are now planning more realistically. According to the survey, 84.4% of the freelancers are not worried about their next job, and 83.3% are convinced they earn more than they would as a hired employee.

In this regard, the IT job portal 4Scotty has discovered an interesting difference in a study for . An analysis of around 17,300 profiles on the portal revealed that women ask for an average starting annual salary of 50,400 euros, while men ask for 66,500 euros. The salaries employers offer range in between. Woman ask for too little – and men for too much.

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