When Skills Were Last Updated

Proof Point

More freelancers (55%) updated their skills within last six months compared to non-freelancers (30%), Upwork and Freelancers Union 2017 study found

When Skills Were Last Updated

2017 (percentage of respondents)

Note: Data based on Upwork and Freelancers Union’s survey of 6,000 U.S. adults, aged 18 and above, collected between July 21 – August 14, 2017, with a 1.27 margin of error

Proof Point Findings

  • Freelancers – Self-employed segment of labor force, working with clients on contractual or temporary basis
  • Freelancers Development – 55% of freelancers have updated their skills within last six months, with two in ten freelancers doing so on week before survey reponses were collected
  • Non-Freelancers Lagging – Just 30% of non-freelancers learned new skills within last six months from date of survey, with one-fourth claiming they have never done it in the past
  • Key Drivers – Include increasingly shifting work requirements, greater spending on corporate training programs, expanding accessibility of online learning platforms, and lack of workers with up-to-date and specialized skills

Market Disruption




Date Last Updated

August 31, 2018

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