A growing number of gig workers now earn six-figure incomes

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  • The share of full-time gig economy workers earning more than $100,000 a year grew 4.9% in the past year — an all-time high — reports Bloomberg.  The results of an annual survey by MBO Partners, Inc. showed that these high-income earners now make up 3.2 million of the 16.2 million independent contractors, freelancers, consultants and on-call workers in the U.S.
  • The survey results also found that, while the percentage of independent six-figure wage earners is up by 60% over 2011 figures, the number of full-time, self-employed workers fell by 700,000 this year.
  • Gig workers’ wage gains are due in part to increased demand for workers with specialized skills in engineering and IT on a project-by-project basis, MBO Partners’ founder and CEO Gene…

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