sign saying gig, job, career An estimated 48% of adults who have worked independently at some point in their careers will increase to 54% in five years, and not just in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image: Shutterstock)

Independent workers were less impacted by the pandemic than the broader workforce, according to a report released Wednesday by MBO Partners. The jobs platform has been collecting information about independent workers for 10 years, and found that although recent economic volatility has had an effect on independent workers’ satisfaction, long-term trends suggest a “modern business model” that has traditional businesses increasingly relying on people who aren’t employees.

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