Why is the demand for freelancers growing in Russia – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In 2020, Russia entered the top ten countries in terms of the freelance market, PwC experts note in their research (RG has it). According to their forecasts, it will increase by 20% annually and by 2025 it will amount to 102.02 billion dollars.

Today, 13% of Russians have additional sources of income, which they receive by working on remote projects. In 2020, approximately 14 million Russians were employed in freelancing, which is almost five times more than just seven years ago. The average salary of a civilian worker was about 30 thousand rubles a month, but almost every fifth earned from 30 to 60 thousand rubles, and every seventh – up to 100 thousand rubles a month. 6% of Russian freelancers earned more than 100 thousand rubles a month.

Mostly young people aged 18-34 work on remote projects; older Russians are less attracted to such employment. Most often, freelance services are in demand in areas such as design, programming, translation, finance and HR management, sales, customer support, and design.

“In Russia, the main demand for freelancing is still formed by small companies with a turnover of up to 100 million rubles a year, striving to reduce costs and gain access to a wide range of expertise,” says Mikhail Magrilov, partner and project manager of the Freelancer Marketplace PwC in Russia. long-term demand for freelance services – a projected decrease in the number of working-age population (by 6.5% over 5 years) and a growing shortage of qualified personnel. “

At the same time, 43% of companies are willing to pay freelancers more than hired workers. In the future, large companies will also attract freelancers more often, says Nikolai Dolgov, director of development for the Professionals 4.0 platform at Gazprom Neft. According to him, the willingness to work with flexible resources in the market is increasing. Already one in four companies plans to replace 30% of employees with freelancers in the near future.

Photo: Infographics “RG” / Leonid Kuleshov / Elena Manukiyan

The total revenue in the international freelance market in 2020 exceeded $ 6.54 trillion. By 2025, its annual turnover will double – to 13.84 trillion. It is expected that the share of the Russian freelance market in the global structure will be 1.1%.

Photo: Infographics “RG” / Leonid Kuleshov / Elena Manukiyan

Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.

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