Online Staffing

2013 Staffing Company Survey: How are firms responding to online staffing?

October 15, 2013

  • We asked staffing firms: “How is your firm responding to the opportunity/competitive threat represented by fully automated online staffing services?”
  • A majority of 534 respondents were either unaware of such services (25%), or were not interested/concerned (55%)
  • Other firms were considering... More

What Does It Take To Launch a Successful Online Staffing Business?

September 20, 2013

  • Having the rights to use/employ a functioning platform that supports the optimal buy/sell-side ecosystem is necessary
  • Entry is likely to take a couple of years and up to several million dollars
  • Developing/growing supply-demand transactions may be the most challenging, investment-intensive business... More

Online Staffing Platform Businesses ‐ 2013 and 2014 Industry Segment Forecast

September 10, 2013

  • Online Staffing market growth revised upward to 60% in 2013
  • No foreseen near‐term limits on global expansion
  • Market drivers could lead to $3B in spend in 2014

“Online Staffing” Platforms: 2013 industry segment landscape

August 9, 2013

  • 67 online staffing firms listed and described
  • Four largest: oDesk, Elance, freelancer.com, Zhubajie (Pig Network)
  • How online staffing fits into human cloud space

2013 Contingent Buyers Survey: Awareness and use of online staffing

July 11, 2013

  • Awareness of online staffing has increased since 2012
  • Although hiring managers are less likely to be aware of online staffing, aware hiring managers are much more likely than aware CW managers to make use of online staffing

The “Human Cloud” in 2013: What It Is, and Why It Is An Emerging and Real Opportunity For Staffing Firms

June 13, 2013

  • "Online Staffing" is just one part of the "Human Cloud"
  • Technology is enabling many new staffing models
  • "Crowdsourcing" and "Online Services" are among them

800,000 New Freelancers Join Elance

February 13, 2013

Elance reports billings and usage have grown by nearly 50 percent, and has signaled that it would be targeting larger businesses in the future.


Online Staffing on the Global Stage

January 30, 2013

Online staffing platforms continue to gain traction as a source for contingent workers not just for companies based in the United States, but for those around the world as well.  


Why 2013 Is the Year of the Freelancer

January 9, 2013

This will be the year of the freelancer, proclaims Darrell Jones, editor-in-chief of Elance. Read why in The Staffing Stream.


SIA Research: Who's Buying Online Staffing Services

December 12, 2012

This report from Staffing Industry Analysts, available to corporate and CWS council members, describes the face of the online staffing industry, how large it really is and who its users are.