Contract Worker Web Sites
|June 19, 2010||Posted by admin under DIRECT - Target/Resume|
[I've renamed this Newsweek article "Where the Jobs Are" by Nancy Cook posted on Newsweek, May 13th. This post emphasizes Web sites that find workers for contract projects.]
Brutus went online and started working for oDesk, one of a growing number of Web sites that connect contract workers to temporary projects. Now Brutus earns an average of $16 per hour designing logos, 3-D graphics, and CD covers for companies as far away as China, Australia, and India. “The only issue has been the time difference,” he says. “But that’s only been a problem with one client in India, who wanted me to wake up at 3 a.m.”
As the U.S. economy sputters its way back to health, American freelancers increasingly are finding themselves working for companies overseas in what’s becoming a type of reverse outsourcing. Executives at Sologig, Elance, oDesk, and People Per Hour say they’re seeing more corporations and small businesses from the U.K., Australia, China, Pakistan, and India turn to the U.S. freelance market. oDesk has seen its share of international companies that hire U.S. workers jump from 1,429 in February 2009 to 4,285 in February 2010, while the earnings of U.S. Elance freelancers rose 45 percent this year, compared with freelancers in India whose earnings rose 35 percent.