Over half of 18-54-year-olds looking to join contracting sector

A recent report has revealed that there are as many as 68% of 18-54-year-olds who are looking at leaving their current roles to become self-employed.

According to the survey compiled by World Options, of the 68%, 19.5% dream of working for themselves, 16.5% are putting the plans into motion and 31.5% are interested in joining the contracting workforce.

Twenty-two per cent anticipate that they will be self-employed within the next five to 10 years.

Warren Ferguson, franchise director at World Options, commented on the results, “These statistics suggest that a huge proportion of the UK’s workforce is currently disillusioned in their current jobs and that working for themselves is a serious consideration, so that they can have their needs met and enjoy the life that they dream of.

“This presents significant problems for employers who need to think of ways to engage both Millennials and Generation X employees and meet their needs at work, or risk losing considerable numbers of their workforce in the coming years.”

He added, “This research further suggest that UK workers also appear to be confident and optimistic about the prospect of taking the leap of faith out of the 9-5 rat race. There has never been a better time to work for yourself and this sentiment appears to be working its way through offices across the UK.”

Daniele Cantello is an Employee Liaison Officer for ContractorUmbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.