We believe that more information will help our users make better decisions. We have been constantly pushing out more information, both on the public website and in the user-only My oDesk application.
Recently, we had a question on our Community forums about the Provider Rate box on the homepage, asking for some very relevant information. While we figure out how to push this information to our website and make it real-time, I wanted to post the histogram of the Number of Active Providers, by Hourly Rate range. (Click the image to open full size in a new window).
Also, be sure to check out the Pay Rate Visibility table in the Community, showing active assignments and their hourly rates.