25/11/10

By Claire West

On the day the Prime Minister launched a £2m ‘Happiness Index’ to measure the nation’s happiness, a national survey shows that people who chose to work as freelancers are happier than their counterparts working in full time employment for a company.

Launching the index, the Prime Minister said that while gross domestic product (GDP) was a measure of how the country was doing economically, we really needed to measure the quality of life experienced by people living in the UK.

A ComRes survey published this week was an early snapshot of how one sector of the UK’S economic community put happiness at the top of their agendas. The poll showed that nearly three-quarters (73%) of the 1,624 polled had actively chosen to become freelancers as a long-term career option because of the work/lifestyle choice it offered.

When asked to score how happy they are generally on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5=very happy, freelancers score 3.79 for general happiness, while the public score 3.60.

The poll showed Britain’s 1.4m freelance workers love their lifestyle, are happier with their health, their financial situation, their prospects…and indeed their wife, husband or partners!

The results came as no surprise to John Brazier, Managing Director of PCG, the voice of freelancing, the organisation that sponsored the poll.

Mr. Brazier said: “The results confirm that more and more people see freelancing as a conscious career choice and it is encouraging to see in the poll that their worth, skill and flexibility is appreciated throughout the UK.”

Earlier this week the Prime Minister praised those choosing for the freelance option as a work/lifestyle choice saying: “More and more people are choosing freelancing, recognising that it strikes the right balance between work and life in the 21st century, and as we go for economic growth this Government is getting right behind them.”