Millenials prefer freedom from office, take to freelancing

Opting out of traditional eight-hours-a-day, five-days-a-week office work, many Vietnamese are now looking to freelance, reflecting a global trend. 

According to Manpower’s 2018 Total Workforce Index, Vietnam has over 57 million employees with 70 percent coming from the Y generation (born between 1976 and 1995) and Z generation (born after 1995). And 57 percent of this workforce is engaged in contingent, non-full-time work.

Unlike their global counterparts whose preference for alternative work is most influenced by entrepreneurial pursuits, the key reason for Vietnamese job seekers’ interest is autonomy. Other factors include time for other business plans and time for family.

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Linh Do