Key Data and Statistics

The vast majority of independent contractors — 70% to 85% — want to remain independent contractors. We are not asking to be reclassified as employees. Study after study on this page that we continually update shows that most of us are fine the way we are.

If you want to do a deep dive into the data, check out this amicus brief that we wrote and filed with the National Labor Relations Board in February 2022. A slightly revised version was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2022.

Or, just note these key points:

  • Even during the worst parts of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, a full 60% of independent contractors said no amount of money would get them to take a traditional job.

  • Women and younger people, in particular, often prefer independent contractor work because of the flexibility it offers. 55% of new independent contractors in 2021 were women, while 68% were GenZ or millennials.

  • In fact, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department note that a structural shift in the workforce of more women becoming independent contractors began as long ago as 2001.

  • The independent contractor issue is about way more than Uber drivers. According to Pew Research Center, as of December 2021, only 4% of Americans did app-based work. There are as many as 59 million independent contractors in hundreds of professions. Skilled professionals (such as translators, computer programmers and graphic designers) are one of the fastest-growing segments of the independent workforce.

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