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Ireland's Project Economy

A survey of independent professionals, contractors, freelancers and the solo self-employed

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Ireland’s contingent workforce and the project-based economy continues to emerge: This research, entitled, ‘Ireland’s Project Economy 2022’, will assess the extent and nature of independent professional working in Ireland’s labour market and identify any changes of significance since the completion of the first study in 2021.

We are interested in hearing the views of Independent Professionals, Contractors and Freelancers as well as Recruiters who source these workers and employees of businesses who hire freelance independent professionals/contractors. Our survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This research project is being carried out by Trinity Business School with support from Contracting PLUS. Our purpose is to investigate the highly important but largely overlooked freelance – independent professional – contractor – solo self-employed segment of the labour market. This will enable us to improve our understanding of its contribution to business and society as well as to better inform this type of worker about best practices, opportunities, threats and relative performance in their own sector. The annual report of the survey results is intended for workers, businesses government, education and the wider research community.

The final report will only publish aggregate data. Individual level data will not be published. It will not be shared with any third parties. At the end of the survey, there is an option for respondents to include their email address (which will be stored confidentially and securely by Trinity College Dublin, and not shared with third parties) so that we can:

·        Send participants a free copy of the completed report.

·        Invite them to the official launch of the report. 

·        Invite them to participate in our follow-up survey.

Press Release

Research Project Leaders:

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School and founding co-author of the UK’s Freelance Confidence Index Survey

Professor Na Fu, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management

Ms Yue Sun, Research Fellow