Research from Manchester based Enterprise Freelance Fair found that 28 per cent of freelancers have little or no work.
Conversely, only 35 per cent were either over-worked or busy whilst just over one third are getting by on less work.
Neil Lewis, organiser of Enterprise Freelance Fair said that "we are seeing lots of new digital / technology freelance jobs on our website and at our events, but it is clear that some freelancer sectors, such as print design, are struggling.
"This huge imbalance in freelance activity is partly due to the ending of public sector funded projects which has left some marketing freelancers with less work, but also a symptom of the shift to digital marketing from more traditional forms of communication."
The research also uncovered that the greatest pain is being felt in the 45 year old+ age group – none of whom complained of having too much work.
Lewis will be leading a debate on these findings in Manchester and what employers and freelancers should do about them, on 22nd November as part of a celebration of National Freelancers Day.
The survey results were based on 160 responses from freelancers across the UK, during September and Oct 2011.
Tickets and more information at http://bit.ly/FreelanceMCR