Talent Scout
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Your San Francisco staffing alternative

You don’t need a San Francisco staffing agency. You need Talent Scout. Discover the easier, faster, and more cost-effective way to find the right talent.

You don’t need a San Francisco staffing agency. You need Talent Scout. Discover the easier, faster, and more cost-effective way to find the right talent.

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Staffing Agency
Remote Staffing

Quality talent. Less time to hire. More flexibility.

Get access to a global pool of pre-vetted remote talent you can depend on.

Connect with professionals who have proven experience in marketing, design, and tech.

Save 30-50% compared to traditional San Francisco recruiting firms.

Start for free—you pay only once we find someone who’s the right fit.

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How it works

Day 1-2: Schedule and meet

Give us a few details and set up a time to talk with your recruiter.

Day 2-3: Review curated shortlist

Receive a shortlist of pre-vetted talent from your recruiter.

Day 3-5: Interview and hire

Interview your top choices and hire the best fits.

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Why choose Talent Scout?

Talent Scout
San Francisco staffing agency
Talent Scout
San Francisco staffing agency
Who?
Professional freelancers
Temporary workers looking for full-time jobs
Where?
Remote global talent
San Francisco talent for on-site work
Contract length
Flexible: 1 to 6+ months
At least 3 months
Contract hours
Flexible: 20-40 hours a week
40 hours a week
Days to hire
Average of 3 to 5 days
Average of 30 days
Recruiter services
Source, screen, and shortlist top talent
Source, screen, and shortlist top talent
Verify skills certifications
Yes
No
Typical fees
25-35% hourly rate
Up to 100% hourly rate

Work with in-demand global talent who are at the top of their field

Stephen K.

Stephen K.

Certified Magento, Shopify and BigCommerce Developer

"I was able to triple my income because of Upwork. I love the chance I have to learn and grow my business through the platform."

Ron Z.

Ron Z.

Premium WordPress Development

"Upwork has proven to be the best way for me to find high-quality clients and exciting work."

Mara N.

Mara N.

Premium websites for premium clients

"Upwork makes finding clients and managing projects so much easier." "My goal in 2021 is to reach $1M in earnings on Upwork. That said, I am very grateful for the opportunity that Upwork has created for professionals.

Cara Bedford

Cara Bedford

Director Strategic Marketing, CompuVision

“The freelance talent that I’m able to access creates productivity in a way that I don’t think any of us thought possible.”

We find you skilled talent for these in-demand skills

Development
Design & Creative
Sales & Marketing

Meet your San Francisco recruiting team

Alexis De Jesus

Alexis De Jesus

Recruiter
Ali Sood

Ali Sood

Recruiter
Amberlee Conwell

Amberlee Conwell

Recruiter
Brooke  Kosowski

Brooke Kosowski

Lead Program Manager, Talent Scout
Carolyn Gomes

Carolyn Gomes

Recruiter
Cass Butler

Cass Butler

Recruiter
Christopher Walden

Christopher Walden

Director, Talent Solutions
Cristina Romero Tavarez

Cristina Romero Tavarez

Recruiter
Yurii Maksymchuk

Yurii Maksymchuk

Recruiter

Your San Francisco staffing agency alternative

The allure of the Bay Area has always been a siren’s call for big business. And for big ideas.

A high-profile hub of innovation, the San Francisco area is a haven for the high-tech sector. IT, software development, social and digital media, biotech, and environmental and clean tech companies are major contributors to revenue and employment in the area.

Eight Fortune 500 companies, including Salesforce, Uber Technologies, and Block, Inc. (formerly Square) are headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Multinational financial services company Wells Fargo is also located in San Francisco proper.

Just south of San Francisco, Silicon Valley is home base to the corporate offices of number three and number eight on the 2022 Fortune 500 list: Apple in Cupertino and Google’s parent company, Alphabet in Mountain View.

Healthcare, research and development, finance, and real estate are also influential industries. From biotech companies like 23andMe and luxury real estate companies like Sereno to brokerage firms like Charles Schwab, a wealth of economic diversity fuels the Bay Area’s economy. 

For San Francisco-based companies this is a double-edged sword. The rich economic environment fosters a thriving job market. But the tech-centric climate greatly increases the competition for high-quality top talent. Especially for businesses in need of sales and marketing professionals, creatives, IT experts, or software engineers.

What can you do if you can’t find the talent you need, or you don’t have the time it takes a conventional recruiting firm to find the right people? You need to find flexible and fast staffing solutions. You need Talent Scout on your team.

Talent Scout is your San Francisco staffing agency alternative. When you partner with Talent Scout, you gain immediate access to the global workforce created by Upwork. With a huge network of vetted remote talent, your Talent Scout recruiter can act fast.

What types of talent can I find on Talent Scout?

The San Francisco Bay Area boasts the largest cluster of research institutions in the country. World-renowned colleges and universities constantly add to the available pool of well-trained and highly educated job seekers. Campuses such as Berkeley, UCSF, and Stanford are major drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship, and ideas.

By tapping into the local market as well as Upwork’s worldwide network of remote freelancers, Talent Scout has assembled a curated pool of pre-screened talent available to start in high-demand fields.

Staffing services for information technology

Stanford and Berkeley rank as two of the top universities for computer science programs. Many graduates enter the job market with solid technology backgrounds and are ready to hit the ground running.

Plus, San Francisco’s proximity to Silicon Valley, the nerve center for big tech, means the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for top-tier talent in the information technology sector.

Talent Scout clients have a wide range of staffing needs. We make client-contractor connections for startups with entry-level projects from mobile app development and user experience improvement to IT tech support. And we find experts with years of experience for established companies in need of an information security analyst, machine learning engineer, and other complex IT assignments.

Staffing services for marketing

In a region with the technology sector at its core, the demand for tech-savvy sales and marketing professionals is enormous. And the competition is fierce. A partnership with Talent Scout gives you access to both local and global contractors at the top of their fields.

From social media campaign managers and SEO specialists to market strategists and content marketers, your Talent Scout recruiter will connect you with the talent that best fits your specific project goals. You may even connect with an independent contractor who’s worked with Instacart, Atlassian, or Cisco Meraki.

Staffing services for design and creative

San Francisco’s storied history, cultural diversity, and vibrant food and entertainment scene make the area a magnet for creatives from around the world.

Through Upwork’s global reach, our recruiting team has access to an exclusive network of experienced creative talent. Talent Scout is a great source for remote contractors who specialize in graphic design, animation, photo and video editing, UX/UI design, and more.

Our recruiters can connect you with job seekers who have experience working with top San Francisco businesses. Your vetted list of choices may include independent business owners who’ve completed projects for Invitae, Flexport, or NerdWallet.

Use Talent Scout to find a freelancer

In a highly competitive job market, one open position can receive hundreds of resumes. This can overwhelm the office manager in charge of the hiring process or bog down the human resources department. Let Talent Scout recruiters do all the resume reading, background checking, and certification verifying for you.

During your initial consultation, your Talent Scout recruiter will take the time to get a clear idea of the job experience and skill sets you need. Industry experience and insight, plus a huge base of local and global talent, help our recruiting team move quickly and efficiently. And with the aid of machine learning, you’ll have several independent contractors to choose from in less than a week. Then it’s up to you to directly hire the best candidate.

You don’t have to work with a staffing company or recruitment agency to find and engage with top talent in San Francisco. Let Talent Scout pinpoint the right people for your next project.

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between Talent Scout and a San Francisco staffing agency?

Millions of freelancers worldwide use the Upwork marketplace to connect with clients. This means Talent Scout’s recruiting professionals have immediate access to an amazing pool of top-quality contractors.

After an initial discovery meeting, Talent Scout recruiters dive into Upwork’s huge network of remote talent to find the candidates best suited for your specific project. In less than a week you’ll have several independent contractors to choose from. With a traditional temp agency, this can take up to a month.

Most staffing firms operate on a temp-to-hire basis and represent people looking for full-time hours or permanent placement. The freelancers of the Talent Scout community offer their professional services on a contract-by-contract basis and prefer remote work.

Whether your temporary staffing needs involve entry-level assignments, or you have projects that require someone with years of experience, Talent Scout will find the perfect fit. And we do this without the expensive price tag of a traditional staffing agency.

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