Freelancers taking more holidays than employed people

A third of self-employed people took two or more holidays outside the UK in the past year compared to just 29 per cent of those who are employed.

Freelancers commonly spend as many as 21 nights away from home in the average year, versus the paltry ten nights of an employed person, according to a study by PeoplePerHour.

Self-employed people spend twice as long away from home on each holiday and travel nearly twice as far, covering an average of 2,200 miles per holiday.

The research finds writers (22 per cent), social media experts (19 per cent), designers (18 per cent), translators (16 per cent) and photographers (15 per cent) are the professionals most likely to indulge in long-distance travel and clock up more than three holidays per year.

Age also plays a part, with 18-24 year olds most likely to have been on holiday in the last 12 months with just 34 per cent having not been on holiday outside the UK in the last 12 months compared to the national average of 48 per cent.

Self-employed people want freedom

Some 65 per cent of 18-24 year olds say that freelancing is part of their long-term career plan; perhaps hoping to sustain their levels of travel and freedom.

The 45-54 age bracket is least likely to have gone with 54 per cent not having ventured outside of the UK on holiday in the last year.

Londoners are most likely to have been away with 63 per cent having enjoyed a foreign holiday in the last year compared to just 39 per cent of the Welsh.

PeoplePerHour founder and CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou says, ‘The fact that freelancers tend to take more regular holidays than employed people doesn’t come as much of a surprise to those of us who frequently work with them. Freelancers, quite rightly, enjoy more the flexibility that their lifestyle choice brings, travelling further afield and staying away longer.

There is no real difference between the sexes when it comes to time spent travelling; almost half of each sex (47 per cent of men, 48 per cent of women) say they hadn’t travelled on holiday outside of the UK in the last year, indicating that this is one area where the same values are held.

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Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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