Last year, we saw over 300% growth in the number of assignments overseas companies outsourced to United States professionals on oDesk.
Overseas companies have employed more than 700 U.S. workers since January 2008. These jobs are coming from places as diverse as Jamaica, Egypt, Norway, and Singapore. However, the top countries outsourcing jobs to U.S. workers were:
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Top 10 countries outsourcing work to the U.S. on oDesk
Why are businesses choosing to outsource their jobs to U.S.-based professionals, who are more expensive than their international counterparts? One possible explanation is that there are more U.S. providers on oDesk today, providing buyers a wider variety of U.S.-based skills and experience, than ever before. In December alone, over 20,000 new U.S. providers signed up on oDesk, the largest monthly percentage increase (over 40%) that we have seen since 2005. Another possible reason is that U.S. providers’ average feedback score is consistently higher than the oDesk average.
This is certainly an interesting trend that we intend to keep tabs on.