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A new survey has found that nearly three in 10 (28%) British workers would love to quit the ‘rat race’ and work for themselves.

The report, carried out by Robert Half UK revealed that 23% of those questioned see this dream as becoming a reality during their career, offering them both freedom and fulfilment.

Overall, 9% see their ultimate dream role as owner of a large business, typically an organisation with more than 250 employees.

Matt Weston, Director, Robert Half Management Resources, said, “The desired working practices of today’s workforce is changing the future of work. We’re seeing employees looking for autonomy, flexibility and freedom. For many, there is an opportunity to leverage their skills and experience to set up their own business and become a specialist interim or contract worker supporting specific projects, business needs and challenges.

“What’s clear is that businesses need to adapt to these changes in order to attract these more ambitious and entrepreneurial candidates. As a result, employers need to cater for a working environment that demands greater autonomy and flexibility than ever before. By considering the long-term aims of both interim as well as permanent employees, businesses can enable the entire workforce to flourish.”

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Simon Dolan is the Managing Director for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual. Learn more about Lucy on Google.


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