Freelancers are happier with their careers than their employed counterparts, according to new research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).
A study conducted by the self-employment body found that 86 per cent of 696 respondents felt very satisfied with the way they work, while only two per cent wanted to work as an employee.
The findings mirrored another recent report from Investors in People, which revealed that 60 per cent of employees are currently unhappy in their jobs.
Further data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has also revealed that 98 per cent of UK employers are expecting to rely on contractors within the coming months, highlighting the increasing value of self-employed workers to UK businesses.
According to Chris Bryce, chief executive of IPSE, the results confirm self-employed workers' choice to sidestep traditional employment and embrace a freelance lifestyle.
Mr Bryce said: "Our results dispel the myth that freelancers choose to work this way because they have no other choice or are forced into it."
He continued: "The vast majority of the UK’s 1.9 million independent professionals love what they do, and wouldn’t dream of becoming an employee in someone else’s business."