Upwork: we plan to extend the “waiting period” to retake a skill test

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Upwork community manager announced at earlier time of January 2017 that Upwork is planning to extend the “waiting period”  freelancers should wait to retake an Upwork skill test.

Introduction

Although Upwork skills tests is one of the most powerful advantages as a remote work platform. Not only because there is tests for most of the skills but also because its free of charge. Other freelance platforms like freelancer.com charges fees on skills tests . “We have a couple of options in mind for the new “waiting period”, 90 days and 180 days. This would mean that after taking a Skill Test, if you tried retaking that same test, you’d be blocked from doing so until either 90 days or 180 days have passed.” said  , Upwork community manager

 

Upwork Community members sample reviews

Freelancers reviews 🙁

“The skills tests are hopelessly outdated. Making us wait longer to retake them won’t change that. All of the Adobe software tests, for example, are at least three years behind, and don’t reflect any of the new features of the Creative Cloud model. The basic English language tests are available by a quick Google to get 100% without any effort.” “Hello. Kindly leave the tests’ wait time the way they are. Do not extend the waiting period so outrageously.” “Wrong direction. 30 days is way too long. One week, or 10 days is plenty of time. ”

Clients reviews 🙂

“In general I don’t find test results that useful as a client. I glance at them but rarely use them to make a recruiting decision, because I find they’re not very indicative of skill at the moment. So improvements to the test system across the board would be welcome.” “I like the 90 day option because it could, indeed, encourage the freelancer to improve their skills.  I also like it because it might be effective in discouraging wannabe freelancers who probably don’t belong on the platform in the first place.”  

Our review

It seems that the free concept is resulting in lazy testing system. Everyone can notice that questions are not changing for long while. That was the reason Upwork set a long waiting time of 30 days before a freelancer can retake the same test. But instead of developing the tests adding new questions, Upwork team came up with a poor idea. The brilliant idea is to extend the already long “waiting time” 3 time or 6 times longer. Freelancers in Upwork used to retake skills tests for two reasons: 1- if they failed in a test. 2- if they wish to get a higher score. The time extending idea might be reasonable only in the second case. Freelancers who passed the test would face no problem waiting a bit longer to enhance their score. But in the first case it is completely unfair to make freelancers wait even for 30 days. Given that some skills may only take two weeks to learn.  

Conclusion

Extending the test retake time to 90 days instead of 30 would make no difference. The best thing Upwork can do at this point, is to increase the pool of questions. Or may be Upwork should use a third party to have a professional testing system.   Related topics:
The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork
http://freelancers.city/test-post/
Upwork verifying freelancer’s profile details by video chat
Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

India’s Freelance Economy is Booming in 2016

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India
Since India has the second highest number of freelance professionals (about 15M), standing next only to the US (approx 53M). These 15M Indian freelancers take up a whopping 40% of total freelance jobs offered worldwide. Hence this clearly manifests the dominance of Indian Freelancers over their western counterparts.

Contract Hiring in India is Catching up

When we say that the US has 53M freelance professionals, it’s important to note that half of them work on contracts as consultants with one or more companies at a time. While India’s contract workforce is in nascent stages; however, India is catching up with the west as startups actively seek out senior professionals from various industries to work on contract – something they could not afford on full-time payroll .

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

India has the fastest growing startup ecosystem and the third highest number of technology driven startups worldwide, trailing behind only the US and the UK. Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

Most In-demand Skills for Freelancers in India in 2016

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing.
  2. Content Marketing.
  3. User Interface Design.
  4. Graphics Design.
  5. Digital and Online Marketing.
  6. Web Architecture and Development Frameworks.
  7. Perl / Python / Ruby.
  8. Data Presentation.
  9. Mobile Development.
  10. Algorithm Design.
  11. Social Media Marketing.
  12. Game Development.
  13. Shell Scripting Languages.
  14. Middleware and integration software.
  15. PR and Communications.
The growing startup ecosystem in India, consequently growing demand and affinity of people for contract hiring, abundance of skilled professionals in India. Followed by growing Internet penetration and skyrocketing number of Internet and Mobile Internet users along with India’s reserved pool of women workforce. These are clear indicators signaling that the year 2016 has potential to twirl and refresh the freelancing scenario in India.   By: Prakarsh @Payoneer Blog

Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

Upwork report

 Upwork Future Work force Report (The most important findings)

work force reportThis report, conducted by an independent research firm and commissioned by Upwork.

We are going to highlight only the most important findings of this  report.

1- More Hiring Managers are satisfied with the skills of freelancers than the skills of their most recent full time hires.

2- 60% of hiring managers expected that freelancing will continue to increase.

3- 88% of hiring managers have openings on their teams.

4- only 10% of hiring managers believe in physical presence in office is important to a new hire’s success.

5- 35% of departments have freelancers that conduct a significant portion of their work from a remote location.

7- 77% of managers use more than one resource when finding freelancers to hire.

8- 48% of managers used online resources to find freelancers in the past year.

9- 79% of companies are more likely to hire the most qualified freelancer than the least expensive.

10- 4 times as many hiring managers plan to use more freelancers in the coming year than plan to use fewer.

The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork

Upwork earlier this month released its latest quarterly index of the 20 fastest-growing skills being hired for among freelancers in the U.S. freelance job market.     The upwork skills index

List of the skills:

1- Natural language processing (NLP)

2- Swift (Apple’s preferred programming language)

3- Tableau

4- Amazon MWS

5- Strip

6- Instagram marketing

7- MySQL Programming

8- Unbounce

9- Social media management

10- Angular JS

11- Business consulting

12- Machine learning

13- Brand Strategy

14- 3d Rendering

15- Information security

16- R development

17- Node-JS development

18- User experience design

19- Blutooth

20- Zendesk customer support

  Data science is the fastest-growing category on Upwork for the second quarter in a row. Machine learning moved from the #1 spot in Q3 to #12 in Q4 but continues to see rapid growth. 🙂 Other related topics:
Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017
http://freelancers.city/test-post/