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Revealed: The most profitable & desirable freelance jobs – HR News

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Freelancing has become a popular path for many in their careers, enabling them to be more flexible with their work and personal life, whereas many see the world of freelancing as the great unknown and a scary place to be. But just how profitable are some of the freelance careers we see these days, and just how desirable do people find them? Well, Protectivity has analysed over 50 freelance careers to show you the most financially secure and desirable jobs out there, you can view the piece here.

With the number of freelancers on the up from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, according to the Office Of National Statistics, it’s clear to see the perception of job insecurity in freelancing has faded away, with more people finding the idea of the flexibility it brings more appealing. As well as this, there has been significant press around the ‘gig economy’, with it being revealed that currently, 2.8 million people in the UK are selling their labour through apps according to the Online Labour Index.

With this in mind, Protectivity Insurance has analysed just how profitable some of these freelance careers are, and furthermore, how desirable they are to the everyday person.

Wec alculated the average salary of the career and conducted a survey of 1001 people across the UK, asking them to rank each job title based on how desirable they perceive them to be.  So, if you’re toying with the idea of going solo you can have a look at our interactive piece here, to find the best freelance career that suits you,

Whilst it may not come as a surprise that the likes of a freelance career as a Lawyer,Investment Consultant and an Architect, with an average salary between £57,000 and £42,000 per annum, came out in the top five most profitable, there were also some less obvious results that interesting came within the top ten; a music teacher, yoga instructor and interior designer all made their way in,earning between £37,000 to £40,000 per annum.

When it comes to the desirability of the careers, 68% consider a photographer to be a desirable career with a Musician closely behind on 64%. Interestingly, in a generation and time that is so focussed on social media and digital platforms,the careers that came out at the bottom were Bloggers and Social Media Marketer’s with only 38% believing these to be desirable. Similarly, although becoming a Yoga Instructor proved itself to be a profitable career to embark upon, many did not believe this path to be a desirable one with only a 41%vote.

For the animal lovers among us it will also come as no surprise that both Pet Sitting and Dog Walking made it into the top 20 of the most desirable freelance careers, because who can resist looking after some love-able animals for a living!

The top ten most profitable freelance careers are:

Rank Career Average
annual salary per annum (£)
1 Lawyer 57,293
2 Investment Consultant 50,000
3 Software Developer 42,500
4 Architect 42,500
5 Music Teacher 40,860
6 Business Consultant 38,256
7 Yoga Instructor 37,546
8 Accountant 37,500
9 Interior Design 37,500
10 Web Designer 37,500

The top ten most desirable freelance careers are:

Rank Career Desirability in %
1 Photographer 68.43%
2 Musician 63.74%
3 Architect 62.54%
4 Actor 62.44%
5 Online Researcher 60.24%
6 Lawyer 60.14%
7 Interior Designer 59.74%
8 Web designer 59.24%
9 Graphic Designer 58.64%
10 Landscaper 57.54%

Our research also included a breakdown of the careers respondents were currently in and which alternative careers they found the most and least desirable, you can find the findings here:

Sector
Currently Working In
Most
Desirable Career
Most
Undesirable Career
Architecture,
Engineering and Building
Online
Research 46.2%
Stylist
57.7%
Arts
& Culture
Musician
60%
Caterer
50%
Education Photographer
57.1%
Recruiter
39.3%
Finance Musician
53.5%
 
Yoga
Instructor 48.8%
Healthcare Journalist
48.5%
Investment
Consultant 44.1%
HR Programmer/Software
Developer, Life Coach & Data Analyst 60%
Stylist
80%
It
& Telecoms
Business
Consultant 62.5%
Social
Media Marketer 37.5%
Legal Landscaper
or Gardener 66.7%
Event
Planner 46.7%
Manufacturing
& Utilities
Copywriter
49.2%
Life
Coach & Stylist 44.6%
Retail,
Catering and Leisure
Interior
Designer 52.1%
Blogger
& Copywriter 44.8%
Sales,
Media and Marketing
Nanny/Babysitter,
Web Designer & Caterer 48.6%
Marketing
Consultant and Tour Guide 45.7%
Travel
and Transport
IT
Trainer and Data Analyst 60%
Copywriter
and Caterer 50%

The most desirable and undesirable careers can also be seen below according to cities in the UK:

City Most
Desirable Career
Most
Undesirable Career
Belfast Photographer
(50%)
Blogger
(56.7%)
Birmingham Online
Researcher (48.4%)
Horse
Trainer (41.9%)
Brighton Interpreter/Translator
(52.1%)
Life
Coach (42.9%)
Bristol Dog
Walker (50%)
Copywriter
(50%)
Cardiff Pet
Sitter (53.8%)
Nanny/Babysitter
(46.2%)
Edinburgh Tour
Guide (64.5)
Social
Media Marketer (61.3%)
Glasgow Music
Teacher (45.7%)
Personal
Trainer (54.2%)
Leeds Data
Analyst (51.1%)
Yoga
Instructor (48.7)
Liverpool Photographer
(51.3%)
Carer
or Recruiter (41%)
London Architect
(44.8%)
Caterer
(36.75)
Manchester Online
Researcher (53.2%)
Stylist
(51.9%)
Newcastle Actor
(56.5%)
Social
Media Marketer (52.2%)
Norwich Dancer
(56.5%)
Blogger
(50%)
Nottingham Business
Consultant (45.3%)
Social
Media Marketer (50.9%)
Plymouth Landscaper
or Gardener (63%)
Nanny/Babysitter
(44.4%)
Sheffield Landscaper
or Gardener (46.8%)
Housekeeper
(40.4%)
Southampton Tour
Guide (59.2%)
Housekeeper
(51%)

From personal trainers to pet sitters and accountants, there really is something for everyone in the world of freelancing, take a further look here to seethe results.

Sean Walsh, Marketing Manager from Protectivity Insurance comments:

“Joining the world of ‘freelancing’ can be a scary prospect at first to some, but has worrying about job security become a thing of the past,with more people getting involved with the ‘gig economy’ and taking on more freelance work than ever before?”

“There is often a negative connotation associated with freelancers when it comes to both job security and a regular income, but it’s great to see such a variation of careers making it into the most profitable and desirable.Hopefully this research shows some interesting results that prove you can get out there on your own and make the jump into the freelancing world.”

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