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Created By:hhwang1No presence information
Published:8/7/2012 9:00 AM
Primary Contact:
Teresa Pham, oDesk Marketing Coordinator,, 650-853-4176
Project dates:
2003 to present
Project Stage:Ongoing activities
Geographic Coveraget:National
Interventions:Active Labor Market Programs and Activation Policies; Business Environment or Business Regulations; Entrepreneurship or Business Development Services; Raising Productivity and Incomes; Skills and Training
Target Population:Disabled; Entrepreneurs and SMEs; Lowest Income; Micro and Household Enterprises; Migrants; Rural; Self-employed; Unemployed; Urban; Vulnerable; Women; Youth
Online Work: Improving the World's Economy Through Global Employment Opportunities
Impact of project:
Impact evaluation completed
Project Description:
This project was voted as the runner-up in the Experiences From the Field's "Most Recommended (Most Popular) Project" category by recieving the second-most votes from online audiences.
oDesk is the world’s largest and fastest-growing online workplace, freeing people around the world to work together without geographic limits. Online work empowers businesses to compete on the same playing field as larger competitors by providing access to the best global talent on demand, while enabling contractors to work from anywhere, on the projects they choose, at the rate they set. This borderless way of working—what we call Work 3.0—is creating millions of new jobs around the world by bringing the work to the worker rather than the worker to the work.
With oDesk, skilled people in developing economies or areas in which the local job market is severely depressed can access millions of job opportunities around the world, allowing them to improve their standards of living, support their families, and command the rate they are worth in the global economy.
oDesk’s ultimate goal is simple but ambitious—enabling people to work with whomever they want, wherever they want. Moving the workplace online allows people around the world to improve their standards of living and allows businesses to thrive with limited resources. Without the physical barriers of traditional employment, both businesses and workers are empowered. Businesses have a wealth of talent to choose from and can find applicants based on qualifications and motivation, not location. On the other side, employees have complete control over their careers and can choose their hours, projects, and rates—allowing them to compete in a global economy without even leaving their house.
Why this project is a Good Practice example:
oDesk (and online work in general) represents a new way of working. People around the world can access millions of job opportunities without leaving their homes or their families, and businesses can access the world’s best talent on demand. This way of working, Work 3.0, has the power to revolutionize the global economy, on both the business side and the contractor side. It simultaneously addresses the ongoing war for talent causing businesses to struggle to hire skilled workers, while also addressing the persistent unemployment and underemployment issues plaguing regional economies where skilled workers cannot find local jobs.

oDesk’s technology and platform allows anyone with Internet access to satisfy the demand for highly skilled workers. oDesk matches businesses and contractors around the world, makes the actual working relationship as successful as possible through work management tools and real-time visibility options, and facilitates payment across even international borders.

And we are only scratching the surface of this shift. Staffing Industry Analysts forecasts that 50 percent of the Fortune 100 workforce will consist of contingent workers by 2020, and there is no reason that many of these people won’t be online. In fact, a third of the global workforce is predicted to be working online by that year. And as the leader in online work, oDesk is in a unique position to shape industry-leading policies and legislation to ensure that online work benefits as many people around the world as possible.  
Impact Evaluation:
Through the oDesk platform, work and income are distributed directly to populations that have not been able to access it before, such as those in developing countries. More than 2.2 million contractors around the world have registered on oDesk, and the number is growing rapidly.
oDesk’s impact is especially felt in emerging markets such as India and the Philippines. In the Philippines, more than 20 million hours have been worked to date on oDesk’s platform, and more than 14 million have been worked in India. Contractors in the Philippines earned $10.7 million and Indian contractors earned $14.9 million in Q1 2012 alone.
For comparison, the 2011 average hourly wage in the Philippines was $7, compared to the average hourly wage of $14.12 for oDesk contractors in the Philippines that year. Similarly, in Bangladesh, the average daily wage from 2009-2010 was $2.98, whereas the average hourly wage for oDesk contractors from Bangladesh was $12.72.
Furthermore, the independent research firm Genesis Research Associates recently surveyed our user base, and found that—of the more than 8,000 oDesk contractors who responded—85% said they “love oDesk” and 72% say it has improved their quality of life.
But the benefits are not limited to the contractors; clients are finding that online work allows them the flexibility and cost-effectiveness to compete with much larger companies. Of the more than 7,000 oDesk clients who responded to the survey, nine out of 10 said that remote work makes their business “more competitive.”
Lessons Learned:
Since its inception, oDesk has realized that there are three main platform areas that the company needs to constantly innovate and refresh: hiring, managing and payment. In the hire stage, it’s critical for oDesk to provide match technology that helps contractors and businesses find the right fit for each project, even if there is a great geographic disparity.
In managing online work contracts, oDesk uses its technology to provide real-time visibility into the work that’s being done by contractors, so clients can manage projects in real time as if they were working together in an office. Finally, in the payment stage, oDesk strives to create an easy and seamless way for clients to pay an entire team of contractors, even across international borders. Clients are given a review period to look over team members’ work hours, and the oDesk platform allows them to pay all of their contractors in one lump sum with a credit card.
We have also learned that, as online work emerges as a major disruptive innovation in global employment, there is a lot of work to be done in terms of policy and legislation to ensure that online work is able to benefit workers and businesses around the world as much as possible. We look forward to working with policymakers on issues such as international payment regulations, global labor laws, tax regulations and compliance, and more.
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ODesk has Changed the way I Work, my financial status, and more than that My whole life. Thanks ODesk..
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 on  12/12/2012 2:58:08 AM  
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I opted to resign from a stable 10-year teaching job at a major university in Manila to focus on freelance editing/writing. After several successful jobs @ oDesk, it has been months since I've tried applying for posted jobs. Why? Offers just come pouring in! I also just don't benefit from staying/working at home, I am also helping others by providing them jobs through the network of clients I've built. Thank you very much oDesk!
 on  12/11/2012 9:27:24 PM  
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oDesk is Really Great. I am working past 1 year in oDesk and today I have achieved many things. This are only possible because of oDesk.
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I was jobless but oDesk give me a chance, give me a life and always treat me as a family member. Thank you very much oDesk.
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Neha Gupta says
No word to say about odesk.It best place not for only companies but also for home working people to get this opportunities to show their efforts.I love the way Odesk that works!I am thankful to ODESK for jobs.
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oDesk changes my life. I am speechless to think that How will I salute oDesk? A lot of love to You :)
 on  12/11/2012 9:44:33 AM  
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I find working on oDesk as an innovative way to earn extra, as well as giving me a platform to show my skills, on a worldwide clientele.
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I can picture a great future of myself today and all the credits goes to oDesk. Thank you oDesk team for making life better thousands of people like me.
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Great opportunities comes that's why i love Odesk. Odesk team your the best.
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Go Ahead ODesk & Wishing Best of Luck!!!!!!!!
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Thank you oDesk. Great place to work, great earnings. I am blessed to part of oDesk community.
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oDesk gives us the best opportunities, freedom to work anywhere you are and more time for your family. :) Cheers to oDesk!
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Odesk is the best
 on  12/11/2012 5:20:01 AM  
Marie Danilyn L. Lagrosas says
oDesk has fulfilled my dream of proving my self worth. Thanks oDesk and the Clients and People in oDesk who trusted me with their work. Hiring me is a compliment in its way.
 on  9/13/2012 7:30:22 AM  
RK Deepak says
I also worked on vworker, elance and on guru but Odesk is awesome specially the hourly work assignments. It has provided a great opportunity to a person like me who can earn money according to their skills without hunting for local jobs.
 on  9/11/2012 2:47:58 PM  
RK Deepak says
I also worked on vworker, elance and on guru but Odesk is awesome specially the hourly work assignments. It has provided a great opportunity to a person like me who can earn money according to their skills without hunting for local jobs.
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 on  9/10/2012 5:34:45 AM  
Amit Nandi says
Thanks a lot......oDesk
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I'm very happy to join It is really change my life. It is also reliable to earn money from it.
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 on  9/6/2012 2:02:14 PM  
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love to work here ,thks Odesk,,,,,,,,
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oDesk is the best!
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i love odesk..<3
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Nowsad Kmarul says
it create a great platform for young generation. It both helps the people who wants to earn and who wants to use their experiences.
 on  9/6/2012 1:38:11 PM  
Ashok TR says
Odesk The Grate
 on  9/6/2012 1:33:09 PM  
David M. says
I am grateful I joined oDesk ... oDesk is The best Thing that happened to me
 on  9/6/2012 1:32:59 PM  
Aman says
They just make my dream true. They know how to filter the quality. Thanks
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Kamrul says
oDesk is my favorite place to outsource.
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Daud Zia says
Take It Easy ... (happy) Odesk !!! oDesk Certified CorelDraw X3 Designer
 on  8/23/2012 11:54:53 AM  
Daud Zia says
Take It Easy ... (happy) Odesk !!!
 on  8/23/2012 11:53:41 AM  
Naomi Luis says
ODesk has made the concept of global marketplace a reality.
 on  8/22/2012 7:40:11 AM  
Bacque Sarah says
I like Odesk!
 on  8/21/2012 11:50:10 PM  
Donna Teano says
It's so great to be with oDesk! You get both of the best worlds and maximize your time --- family + income = happiness!
 on  8/21/2012 7:34:59 PM  
Ahmed Istiaque Zaman says
Love o-Desk. (: Smoking can cause a slow and painful death..................
 on  8/21/2012 3:27:24 PM  
Mary Jane Alimaren says
I'm very happy that I've been part of oDesk. It gives a lot of changes in my life and met great clients. This is the only place I've been successful. Thanks
 on  8/21/2012 9:59:19 AM  
Md Saidur Rahman says
I feel lucky that i find a marketplace like oDesk. After pass last 2years on odesk i think oDesk is the best marketplace for all kind freelancer all over the world. Keep up running oDesk, We are with you!!!
 on  8/21/2012 6:05:33 AM  
Md Masum Billah says
Odesk really helpful for world economy , Thanks odesk
 on  8/21/2012 5:45:05 AM  
Liliana Gonçalves says
Thank you Odesk!! I have been working only on Odesk Jobs for almost 2 years!!
 on  8/21/2012 5:18:40 AM  
Maria Lota Matias says
oDesk gives you the best opportunities, freedom to work anywhere you are and more time for your family. :) Cheers to oDesk!
 on  8/21/2012 4:43:59 AM  
Archie Montoyo says
I am so delighted to be part of the World's largest online workplace - oDesk! It gives me the opportunity to travel - live -work anywhere I want. You rock my world !!!
 on  8/21/2012 4:23:32 AM  
Grazielle Jabulin says
Thank you oDesk. oDesk is the best of all online workplace website. oDesk is user friendly. Thumbs Up!
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roman says
Thank you Odesk.
 on  8/21/2012 2:46:35 AM  
Zenaida Nambatac says
I love the way Odesk works!
 on  8/21/2012 1:57:32 AM  
Nayan Mandal says
oDesk is one of the best place to work.It is really awesome place for challenging work.I am working past 8 months with oDesk and I will continue to work with oDesk forever.
 on  8/21/2012 1:47:45 AM  
Ric says
Thank you odesk.. I'm working here at my comfortable hours and earning more than my monthly income in fulltime work.
 on  8/21/2012 1:44:53 AM  
Maribel Albino says
Odesk has made me enjoy motherhood 24/7 and still augment our family's income. I am sure a lot of Filipino moms can relate to this. Thank you so much Odesk!
 on  8/21/2012 1:25:55 AM  
Francis Fonollera says
Thanks oDesk!
 on  8/21/2012 1:00:49 AM  
Jillian Fiorini says
I was psyched to see ODESK on here. I've worked with a number of communities in developing countries and they have been very thankful to ODESK for jobs.
 on  8/14/2012 5:34:00 PM  

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