Socialcast brings us an Infographic that details different statistics on the fastest growing face of the global workforce: freelancers.

The popularity of mobile devices combined with the explosive growth of apps and cloud-based computing are making it easier than ever before for people to take their expertise out of the office and set off on their own.

Here are a couple of interesting stats:

  • 43.8% of all freelancers get the bulk of their training by teaching themselves.
  • South American freelancers work the most with an average of 49 hours/week.
  • The average age of a freelancer is 32 years old.
  • The easiest way to get a freelancing job is by referrals at 34.2%
  • The top reason for freelancing is the flexibility, followed by having creative control over projects.
  • 40% of freelancers report having trouble getting paid wages they’re owed.
  • Google Docs, Dropbox, and Skype are the most commonly used tools.
  • Only 8.1% want to return to full-time employment.

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