oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, oday announced its July 2009 results, including a record-setting amount of work posted on the site and a sharp increase in the amount of verified work completed through oDesk's system.
Inc. Magazine today ranked oDesk at 110 on its 28th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft (MSFT), Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, American Apparel, Oracle, and hundreds of other powerhouses gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.
oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the first results in an ongoing "best provider" recognition program. Every month, oDesk will rank 25 leading freelance providers from around the world in its five top job categories: designers, software developers, web developers, writers, and virtual assistants.
A study of freelance software developers reveals a sharp increase in hourly rates for US-based talent, up 35% from 2008. Findings are based on analysis of over 1,800 software development assignments over the last 12 months. The study was conducted by oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams. Analysis also reveals increased rates in the Ukraine (21%), Pakistan (10%), and Russia (3%). Developers in Canada, Philippines, U.K., and Bolivia saw hourly rates dip by 10% or more.
oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, has announced the launch of oDesk Groups and eleven initial launch partners. Each group is a marketplace sponsored by a partner organization that focuses on a specific language, skill, certification, or interest. Group members consist of service companies or professional contractors that are specialized in the partner’s technology and meet the partner’s membership criteria.
Within the last year, outsourcing to U.S.-based workers has increased 367%, according to oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams. The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and Spain have shown the largest increase in foreign country outsourcing to the U.S. The most in-demand job categories sought by offshore buyers include freelance web developers, virtual assistants, and freelance writers.
In celebration of Earth Day, oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, announced that they are sparing the environment 8,327 tons of CO2 annually by enabling workers to go green as they work-from-home and cut their daily commutes. Findings are based on 10,693 contractors who have used oDesk to work 2,767,209 hours from home last year.
oDesk released data showing freelance writers enjoyed 500 percent demand growth in the past year for their skills. Freelance writing jobs include: technical writing, business writing, blog and article writing, editing and translation services. oDesk data is drawn from thousands of small to medium-sized businesses that use its platform to hire, manage and pay service professionals around the world.
In a survey of 600 buyers of remote services and 350 service providers, oDesk found that companies already using its platform to hire, manage, and pay remote contractors plan to increase their usage in the current recession. At the same time, service providers say oDesk is a viable way to make a living as an alternative to full-time employment. The survey follows the company’s recent reports on the freelance economy and homeshoring.
oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, announced that demand for Apple iPhone programmers has surpassed demand for Facebook developers. iPhone jobs now outnumber Facebook jobs by a 5-3 ratio, and iPhone job growth is accelerating more quickly.
oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, reports on the state of the freelance economy. According to TechCrunch, tech layoffs have surged to over 300,000. Yet, despite these layoffs work still needs to be done. To thrive in bad times, smart companies are increasingly outsourcing tech jobs to freelance web developers and software programmers. During the economic crisis of 2008, outsourcing on oDesk nearly tripled.
oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, has compiled and analyzed data from over 100,000 freelance jobs posted in 2008. The findings, which show the most critical skills to stay employed, are summarized in the three reports below.
oDesk, today announced that it has been selected as a Finalist of the Red Herring 100 Global Award. Red Herring 100 winners and finalists from North America, Europe and Asia of the last three years are eligible for this coveted award. The Red Herring editorial team deploys a detailed process to whittle down a pool of 600 eligible, promising companies to the 200 finalists of this global award. Evaluations are made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration. The finalists, elite executives and venture capital leaders will celebrate the Top 100 Privately Held Companies from around the world in San Diego from January 14-16, 2009.