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Ready... Aim... Hire! [Infographic]
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Ready... Aim... Hire! [Infographic]

Crowdsourced labor is beginning to gain serious traction across the globe. While the industry is still in its early stages, businesses that have taken advantage of cloud labor are reporting positive feedback. oDesk, an online matchmaking marketplace for businesses and freelancers, recently conducted a survey asking nearly 3000 businesses who turned to cloud labor to answer questions ranging from ease of hiring talent online to their perception of the workers.

Some of the findings can be considered overly optimistic (as only businesses hiring online freelancers are represented), though the full survey's results also show the kinds of work that cloud laborers do, how many workers a business hires, and more insight into the industry. The full results of the survey can be found here; oDesk also turned some of the findings into an infographic, which we are sharing below. 

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  • Guest HomeHarmonyNiche Oct 16, 2012 12:07 am GMT

    It seems that wherever the people are (in this case on the internet), that we want to be able to access things; eg., banks, products, writers, designers etc.

    The issue that is not addressed online is that a freelancer or consultant looks after his or herself when establishing a fee. How do employees (hired online) look after themselves when the fees set for labour have nothing to do with the minimum wage of a country. Just thought I would throw that out there as traditional payment online (except if one is accepting a fee) is extremely low compared to a minimum wage, which is already starvation wages. The global influence takes precedent but how is fair trade established online.

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