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More seeking second income

Published: Friday, 20 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

More people are turning to freelance work in their spare time to boost their salaries, according to an online service marketplace.

PeoplePerHour has attributed the increase in those taking on extra work to consumer inflation, as "skilled professionals are struggling to make ends meet".

However, it says there is also demand for freelancers from companies who may see outsourcing as more cost-effective and less uncertain than hiring permanent staff.

It is also a reliable way to find workers, claims PeoplePerHour, as businesses can find freelancers recommended by others.

PeoplePerHour founder Xenios Thrasyvoulou said there has been an increase in full-time workers seeking freelance work through the website, a figure currently standing at 35 per cent of its customers.

"It's little wonder increasing numbers of [skilled professionals] are harnessing their experience and skills to offer freelance services outside office hours," he said of the current financial climate.

Freelance writers, computer programmers, illustrators, designers and translators are all in demand, according to PeoplePerHour's website.

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