India emerging as freelancing hub

With a user base of 6.4 million, the nation accounts for 22 per cent of total users on Freelancer.com

By Author  |  Published: 24th Sep 2018  12:01 amUpdated: 23rd Sep 2018  10:32 pm

Hyderabad: Australia-based Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, has hit 30 million users across 247 countries for the first time ever, which reveals the rise of new ways of working across the globe.

And of this user base, more than 6.4 million are based in India, accounting for about 22 per cent, leading the global charts.

India is followed by the United States, Pakistan, The Philippines, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Over 3.8 million people or 13 per cent of Freelancer.com’s users are located in the US. The platform witnesses up to 15,000 new users and 8,000 new jobs every day. Over the past year, the most popular categories of jobs posted on the Freelancer.com marketplace are website development, data entry, copywriting and graphic design.

“This new milestone (30 million users) illustrates the global appetite for new ways of working, with tens of millions of people around the world opting for the flexibility, autonomy and opportunity offered by the Freelancer.com marketplace,” Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie said.

“New models of working are taking the world by storm, as technology gives people greater opportunities to work any time, in a way that suits them best, no matter where they are in the world,” Barrie said.
In India, the most in-demand job skills are PHP, graphic design, website design, HTML, and WordPress.

Freelancer.com VP International Sebastian Siseles told Telangana Today, “Within India, New Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru are the top five cities in terms of the user base. India is showing 25 per cent growth year-on-year.”

Technology-driven

Internet penetration, speed and connectivity besides how good the awareness of internet users is on the benefits they will get from freelancing, is determining how each country is embracing the platform, he added. The platform allows users globally to access around 8,000 new jobs posted every day and they can also earn an average of $167 per project (over Rs 12,000) on Freelancer.com and increasingly more as they level up their skills. The online marketplace helps them connect with employers and fellow freelancers from all over the globe.

“While in terms of income received by our Indian freelancer users, the year-on-year growth is around 28 per cent,” Siseles informed.

When asked about the recent technology enhancements on the platform, he explains, “With the launch of Freelancer Enterprise in December 2017, we are now enabling large organisations to flexibly scale their workforce in real-time with tailor-made features that provide transparency, control, talent management and compliance, together with the ability to scale adoption across the organisation.”

During early 2018, Freelancer.com also announced the release of the Freelancer application program interface (API), bringing a direct and easy connection between man and machine. People can use it to access a cloud workforce of skilled freelancers from their website, app or software. It allows software for the first time to send complex tasks such as real engineering or problem-solving to humans, retrieve the results, and pay for the completed work.

“We engineered our API to let users spend more time running their business and less time worrying about fulfillment of services. Businesses can build entire desktop apps, mobile apps-all powered by our technology and marketplace. At this point, we want to make the marketplace even more convenient and accessible to more users across the globe. That is why we currently have 53 local domains, and support 34 languages and 39 currencies,” Siseles added.

Freelancer.com has expanded its offices in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Vancouver, Manila, London, Sydney, and Jakarta. Currently there are around 500 employees working for the group. The company aims to improve its product development and services by continuing to invest capital and talent in its global offices.