All Things Upwork
by oDesk

To help new visitors better understand what oDesk is all about and clarify important concepts to all oDesk users, we’ve updated a few of our more commonly used words.

What has changed?

Old New
Buyer Employer
Provider Contractor
Candidacies Job Applications
Job Post and Opening Job Posting
Assignment Contract
Affiliate / Provider Company Agency
Affiliate Manager Staffing Manager
Affiliate Contractor Agency Contractor
Stipend Weekly Rate

Why has oDesk made these changes?

Some words we have historically used to describe our service and the various roles on oDesk confuse our newest users. We believe that clarifying these terms will help them to hit the ground running faster and clarify for them what oDesk is really all about.

We conducted extensive testing to determine which terms were the most confusing and what the new terms should be. A huge “Thank You!” to the thousands of community members who responded to our surveys and helped us determine the right terminology.

How does this affect me?

Aside from getting used to the new terms (which we believe to be more intuitive than the old ones) there’s nothing you need to do!

What if I want to share my feedback about the new terms?

We’d be delighted to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us here.