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Net drives freelance boom

Workers do not necessarily quit jobs to join other companies. Outsourcing websites are here to show how freelance work is becoming easier, helping people tailor their jobs to suit their needs. Himani Chandna Gurtoo reports.
Hindustan Times | By Himani Chandna Gurtoo, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2011 09:38 PM IST

Workers do not necessarily quit jobs to join other companies. Outsourcing websites are here to show how freelance work is becoming easier, helping people tailor their jobs to suit their needs.

From humble data entry to high-end management consultancy, from accounting to Web design, outsourcing of work covers a host of areas. Dedicated websites are bullish on India as this activity is seeing a 30% growth, aided mainly by small and medium businesses, Xenios Thrasyavoulou, CEO of PeoplePerhour.com, a UK-based outsourcing website, told HT.

"India ranks 3rd in terms of usage and has more than 13,000 registered freelancers," he said.

"In 2010, our usage here has grown over 7 times."

Each site posts roughly $5 million (Rs 22.5 crore) -worth opportunities every month, industry insiders say. India is said to account for 20% of this.

"Indians have started trusting the concept, considering the payment system safe. To wash out te defaults, we release payments through an escrow account," said George Gosden, CEO, workonline.com, an Indonesian website.

"Women, who after marriage are unable to work, are actively participating with us," said LN Agarwal, CEO, freelanceindia.com, which adds nearly 100 freelancers every day.

Industry officials say international portals offer an average of $26 (Rs 1,170) per hour while for Indians they pay $16 (Rs 720), while Indian sites pay even less - around Rs 275 per hour.

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