Interesting reading in new research from Ofcom which points to UK consumers being early adopters of many new technologies, all of which facilitate the growth of the freelance/portfolio economy.
The report highlights the faster uptake of laptop PCs (as opposed to desktops) and of smartphones (70% growth in the last year alone). However, availability of super-fast broadband is low and as The Register observes only 0.2% of UK homes have this service compared to 2.0% in Germany, 1.4% in Italy and 1.1% in France. If (always a big “if”) existing plans are achieved, then with two-thirds of the population covered by 2015, the UK will be near the top of world rankings.
Super-fast broadband will further enable flexible working patterns and the growth of freelance/portfolio/sovereign individual working styles with all of the benefits to the environment (less commuting related pollution); rural repopulation, productivity and lower costs which that will bring.