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The United Kingdom has lots of job opportunities for freelancers and many job search websites on which to find freelance work. Some of these websites are global, meaning they list jobs for which freelancers anywhere in the world, including the U.K., can apply. Others are exclusive to the U.K., for only U.K. freelancers and businesses to find each other.
I’ve chosen 10 U.K. job search websites as the best for U.K. freelancers because they meet all of the following criteria.
- They are located in the U.K.
- They are for U.K. freelancers
- They are transparent about their cost for freelancers
A few job search sites that I came across while researching this article did not clearly state what their fees or commissions are for freelancers. Even after quite a bit of digging, I could not find their fees. So those sites did not make the cut for this list. Opaque pricing is never a good thing.
Four of the sites that did make the cut for this list offer job possibilities for UK freelancers and freelancers elsewhere in the world. Five sites are dedicated to solely U.K. freelancers. One job search site in this list is for Londoners only.
This list is divided into two categories. At the beginning of this list you’ll find the best U.K. job search sites for freelancers worldwide, then you’ll find the best U.K. job search sites for U.K. freelancers only.
If you’re a freelancer not located in the U.K., you may find this list of job search websites useful. If you’re a freelancer in the U.K., you’ll definitely find this list useful.
Best U.K. Job Search Websites for Freelancers Worldwide
1. PeoplePerHour – “What PeoplePerHour does is provide you with the tools and the means to promote yourself, engage with Buyers and sell your services directly to them, for as little as an hour all the way to on-going permanent work.”
Cost to freelancers – you must pay a fee when you are paid by your clients.
You can find the PeoplePerHour service fees here.
2. Worksome.co.uk – “Worksome has created a platform that makes companies’ recruitment processes more agile. Worksome makes it quick, easy, and efficient to find skilled talent on demand.”
Cost to freelancers: – four percent of what you earn
You can find Worksome’s pricing for freelancers here.
3. Fivesquid – The Fivesquid mission is “to make it easy for everyone to buy and sell services online, whether they are a lone wolf looking to use their skills to earn a little (or a lot of) extra cash or a company wanting to get the biggest bang for their buck without having to fork out on additional staff or high end agency fees.”
Cost to Freelancers – Freelancers must pay fees on your earnings.
(From the Fivesquid website)
- For every £5 order that is successfully delivered, the seller’s account will be credited with £4
- For every £10 order that is successfully delivered, the seller’s account will be credited with £8
- For every £20 order successfully delivered, the seller’s account will be credited with £17
- For every £50 order successfully delivered, the seller’s account will be credited with £45.
You can read the Fivesquid FAQ page here.
4. Monster.co.uk – “Monster is the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities.”
Cost to freelancers – none.
You can read more in the Monster.co.uk help centre here.
Best U.K. Job Search Websites for U.K. Freelancers Only
5. Freelance Near Me – “Freelance Near Me makes it easier for the UK’s best businesses and independent professionals to find each other without any interruptions on project bids from outside of the UK. Our vision of Freelance Near Me is to build a community of UK & Irish only Freelancer professionals that have a range of specialities that come together in one place to offer their work to UK and Irish only customers.”
Cost to freelancers – none
You can read more about Freelance Near Me here.
6. Skillbox – Skillbox is a job search site for U.K. businesses looking for U.K. freelancers. This site has a strong emphasis not only on matching freelancers with hirers online but in person as well.
Cost to freelancers – Freelancers must pay fees on your earnings.
(From the Skillbox website)
- Basic account £0.7 + 15%
- Standard account £0.7 + 12.5%
- Premium account £0.7 + 10%
- Skillbox also offers optional subscription services.
You can read the Skillbox FAQ here.
7. Freelancersintheuk.co.uk – “Since 2005, FLITUK has provided a platform for self-employed professionals, consultants and sole traders to advertise their skills and services.”
Cost to freelancers – 15£ + VAT per year to list your services.
You can read the Freelancers in the UK FAQ page here.
8. FreelanceUK – The FreelanceUK.com Find a Freelancer directory is “the UK network for media and creative freelancers.” Freelance UK is only open to media and creative freelancers based in the UK.
Cost to freelancers – Freelancers must pay a subscription fee.
(From the FreelanceUK website) – “There is an initial minimum period of four months’ membership for which we charge £20+VAT; thereafter £5+VAT will be collected each month.”
You can read more about FreelanceUK here.
9. Freelancer.co.uk – “Millions of small businesses use Freelancer to turn their ideas into reality. Freelancers can find just about any job you can imagine. We have jobs ranging from delivery to website development.”
Cost to freelancers – None, until you’ve reached 8 bids each month.
You can read more about Freelancer.co.uk fees here.
10. YunoJuno – “The YunoJuno platform pairs the best creative professionals with the best freelance jobs in London. What started out as a curated marketplace for the creative industries has grown into the leading platform for London’s elite freelance creative network.”
Cost to freelancers – none
You can read a Q&A about YunoJuno’s fees here.
Now that you know the 10 best U.K. job search sites, you know where you can likely succeed in finding freelance work suitable for you.
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