Credit: Fast Company, The Hive
In a recent survey done by online resource Contently, only 30.2% of the 643 freelancers interviewed said they would take a full-time job with identical pay and benefits, while 31.9% said they would decline the offer, and 37.9% replied with a ‘maybe’. It seems that freelancing is preferred as the mode of employment the world over, not least because of the flexibility it offers, even though that may mean unstable income.
In Hong Kong, there’s even the Hong Kong Freelancers Network which connect employers and freelancers, and freelance jobs have come to acquire its own categories at major recruitment sites the likes of Recruit.net and Careerjet.hk. As a response to the increasing desire for freelance job, work spaces where people can work, create and collaborate have also popped up all over the city. From The Hive, The Loft, 8080 Space to Hong Kong Commons and The Good Lab, freelancers in Hong Kong now no longer have to resort to cramped coffee shops to get their work done.
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