Hybrid Teams With Fixed Workers and Remote Freelancers Is the Trend

Social distance changes the opinion of companies about talents, UpWork shows.

Daniel Roncaglia
3 min readMar 19, 2021


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A year of a pandemic now in March teaches to everyone.

One of the questions is the future of work, which has changed with social distance measures.

What is best for the business: remote or in-person?

The companies are preparing for economic growth with the advance of vaccination. The World’s economy is capitalized.

After significant operation changes and a large part of the leadership, the businesses are open to innovations.

The hybrid model is gaining sympathy from companies.

The analysis is present in a report released on March 16 by the job platform UpWork.

The document signed by UpWork chief economist Adam Ozimek presents five key trends after a year of remote work.

The economist has collected data about the relationship between talents and companies.

Freelancers X Non-freelancers

Ozimek’s argument is simple.

Independent talent tends to like to work remotely.

Companies that hire them tend too to be comfortable with the remote.

Freelancing is a natural step for anyone who experiences the benefits of the flexibility to control how to work.

Now 58% of the US non-freelancing professionals consider freelancing in the future. The platform searched between June 15-July, 2020, with 2,132 freelancers and 3,869 non-freelancers.

At the same time, when remote first time, companies lost the fear of engaging workers. By polling 1000 hiring managers, UpWork found an increase from 10% to 16% of those who like to work more with freelancers.

In the study in November 2020, they asked about plans to hire freelancers in the next six months: 36% say they consider using independent talent.

The UpWork report reports that it sees this increased demand first hand. There was an increase in requests for freelancers in several countries and from different…