It’s not so Grim up North!

   

This week some fascinating freelancer figures came to light when our research revealed the geographical spread of freelancers in Britain.

We’ve seen massive growth in the amount of people choosing to work online and it’s developed into a phenomenon, especially over the past year. To give you a sense of this new trend we have produced our very own unique freelancer map of Britain and are amazed by the results with Yorkshire having the biggest increase in the freelancer population. Many may assume that London would lead the way, however it seems that the people of Bradford are the ones who enjoy the freedom of freelancing the most.

In just 12 months the amount of people choosing to live this flexible life has risen by a whopping 165% in Bradford city alone and with a population of over 300,000 people this shows that many are using our very own PPH to contribute to the economy. This cosmopolitan city was closely followed by Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds with no freelancer hot spots indicated in the South East! In fact out of the top ten only one southern location is featured; Ashford in Kent.

Although freelancers on PPH sell a range of services from admin to fashion design we also found that the fastest growing areas were the creative industries, with those signing up in the North being mainly Copywriters, Designers or Illustrators.
As for the South the most popular  professional services are book-keeping and legal services. Well, no matter what services are being offered, it’s plain to see on the PPH map that it’s no longer grim up North!

 


16 Comments

  • Chris Holmes

    PPH helped me get back on my feet after being made redundant twice in a year! I discovered that some of the skills I considered a hobby could actually be used to help others and make a good income at the same time. I just want to thank the community for helping me and everyone else through the British recession – PPH Power!!!

    Chris Holmes
    Graphic Designer

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  • Dea-Marie

    Thanks Chris for your comment… we hope to continue going from strength to strength in 2013 and help more people like you to realise their potential and take advantage of the opportunities that’s out there! Enjoy your holidays 🙂

  • Paul

    Nice graphic, but too small to read comfortably and no option to see an expanded version.

  • mmagee

    any figures for Northern Ireland???????

  • mmagee

    Any Northern Ireland Figures????

  • Boris

    PPH,facts and figures…mmm generally about as believable as Father Christmas. It is good news that more people are finding different ways of working, north or south. But if freelancers aren’t paying tax and businesses are getting cheap labour then the wider economy isn’t benefiting.

  • James

    Sadly, you map doesn’t show a creative freelancing boom in the North at all. Your map shows percentage changes, and that tells us nothing about the number of people involved in freelancing.

    You’ve used percentages not numbers, or ‘amounts’ as you like to call them, so the results could show almost anything. In Bradford 100 people may now be 265 people (up by 165), but in London 10,000 may have become 19,900 (up by 9,900).

    You are correct, it is indeed a phenomenon –
    “a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.”

    It looks more like PR based on a really poor understanding of statistics.

  • Angela

    Lovely graphic.

    If one person from Bradford signed up last year and this year two people signed up that would be a 200% increase. So might be nice to have numbers of people instead of percentages as it has more meaning for an infographic.

  • David

    I see the post that was here yesterday has been censored (ie removed) – I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did, but I still don’t understand why you are so scared of your own clients.

    He/she was right- your stats don’t prove what you are claiming, but does that really mean that PPH has to cull anything that isn’t praise?

    You can’t expect people to trust your blog posts if you censor them like twe are in the CCP!

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  • Dr James Slipszenko

    The use of percentages is interesting but without the numbers they are meaningless, I assume that was the gist of the removed post. It seems too much like spin really, how about some substance…..I do think PPH is a very good thing, despite the self congratulatory tendency.

    Regards

    James

  • Roger Lewin Friendly computers

    Here’s a larger Clearer version of the map

    http://blog.peopleperhour.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/PPH-Map.png

    did a quick Google search for
    “the norths creative freelancing boom map uk”
    selected SEARCH TOOLS BUTTON then
    Selected LARGE from the sub menu

    Scrolled down until I saw the picture, it works most of the time.
    Hope this helps anyone.

  • Roger Lewin Friendly computers

    Hi, Here’s a larger Clearer version of the map

    http://blog.peopleperhour.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/PPH-Map.png

    did a quick Google search for
    “the norths creative freelancing boom map uk”
    selected SEARCH TOOLS BUTTON then
    Selected LARGE from the sub menu

    Scrolled down until I saw the picture, it works most of the time.
    Hope this helps anyone.

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