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Freelancers Take Over London Eye As New Data Shows Two Thirds Of Brits Want To Ditch The 9-5

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Fiverr opens a temporary co-working space for freelancers on the London Eye with help from leading UK interior designer Sophie Robinson

LONDON, July 3, 2019 -- Fiverr, (NYSE: FVRR), the company that is changing how the world works together, today launches a day-long workspace for freelancers on the London Eye - as data from a new study conducted by Fiverr and Censuswide reveals 67% of Brits are thinking about quitting their jobs to go freelance.

The UK's Generation Flex cite flexible hours (74%), 'being my own boss' (64%) and 'working wherever I want' (58%) as the top reasons given by those who want to work for themselves - which is why Fiverr has commissioned the space for creatives on the platform to use.

The sky-high workspace was created by TV interior designer Sophie Robinson - a judge on BBC's The Great Interior Design Challenge, currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime - as the ultimate creative space with tropical plants, collaborative areas, and fabulous views across the London skyline.

The number of self-employed workers in the UK has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.9 million in 2019.
It comes at a time when the work habits of Brits are changing rapidly - as data from the study also shows nearly half of full time workers (43%) have a side-hustle to help make extra income on top of their main job. And 77% of those asked prefer to work away from the office given the chance.

The data also reveals that a new generation of millennial workers are shunning the traditional 9-5 with 8 out of 10 millennials (25-34 year olds) saying they prefer not to work in the office.

The UK is also experiencing a surge in the number of people working for themselves. The ONS (Office for National Statistics) say the number of self-employed workers has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.9 million in 2019.

Andrew Wray, UK Country Manager at Fiverr, said: "According to IPSE, the freelance market contributes £100bn annually to the UK economy. Our data sheds light on a new generation of workers who are either already benefiting from, or considering, the freedom and autonomy that freelancing presents. He continued: "We wanted to create a unique space where freelancers can spend their working day above the London skyline, celebrating the fact that today's digital freelancers can set up shop wherever, and whenever they like. We're proud to be hosting a number of UK-based Fiverr community members in this amazing space that Sophie Robinson has created."

Sophie Robinson, Interior Designer comments: "My goal here was to design the ultimate creative space and think about how we plan our office spaces is quickly changing, parallel with the way we work. Through Fiverr's space, I have demonstrated the latest thinking in office design, biophilia and how to unleash your creativity and productivity by the way you design and organise your work space."

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