In 2015, nearly a third of workers globally consider themselves freelancers. The rising numbers now comprise 34% of the workforce in the Asia-Pacific, 31% in the US, and 27% in Europe. These freelancers are independent by choice and chose to be part of gig economy driven by the freedom and flexibility the work-style affords. They are highly-educated and skilled —70% of freelancers in the APAC region possess a professional or technical skill-set. 35% Of the total workforce comprising non-employee workers, include temps, freelancers and contractors. As a result, 95 percent of businesses now view this new workforce as a key element to developing and running a successful business, which means big changes for hiring trends in the coming years.