-- "Global networks make it possible to obtain work anywhere, enabling
companies to hire many specialists for specific tasks at fixed amounts.
Chances are this is only getting started, and there are profound
implications for things as diverse as corporate structure, employment,
job skills and even taxation.
On Wednesday, Elance
("Instant Access to Great Talent"), a company that brokers often sophisticated short-term work online, released a survey
of its customers’ hiring plans. The company asked what percentage of
their work force would, in five years, consist of online temps. On
average, the customers projected that more than half of their work
force, 54% of all workers, would be these outsiders from around
The survey was unscientific and polled mostly small
companies. Only 2.3% of the 1,500 companies surveyed had more
than 100 employees. It is, however, another indicator that
cloud-computing-based employment brokers like Elance, ODesk
are gaining acceptance.
companies allow easy hiring and collaboration between, say, a software
developer in Russia and a marketing specialist in England on a project
for a firm based in the United States. Job candidates present portfolios
of past work, bid on listed jobs and are rated, much like the sellers
of goods on eBay."