Australia-based Freelancer.com today announced CEO Matt Barrie’s plan to address rising global unemployment and its plan to expand its platform to meet the growing worldwide demand for project and hourly workers. The move comes as the world’s largest crowdsourcing and freelancing platform is taking measures to highlight how remote workers and freelancers have valuable opportunities to meet growing financial pressures.
“The COVID-19 crisis is critically impacting the psyche of both employees and employers globally,” said Barrie, who founded Freelancer.com in 2009 in anticipation of the globalization of the world’s workforce. “Nearly 3.3 million jobless claims were filed in the U.S. last week, leaving consumers concerned about paying bills, their investments and their financial future. Freelancer.com is committed to expanding its capabilities to assist those with in-demand skills a solution and hope for a better future.”
Freelancer.com has more than 42 million registered users who have posted over 17 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,600 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing, among others. This versatility provides both employers and freelancers the option to best match jobs and projects with specific talents.
Barrie points to how the current health crisis has – and will continue to – result in a dramatic shift in the use of remote workers contributing to the ‘gig’ (remote/freelancer) economy. Among the topics he will discuss:
- Tips for first-time remote workers
- How working from home will positively impact the global economy
- How employers can use Freelancer.com to hire remote workers
Barrie is an award-winning technology entrepreneur. Freelancer Limited listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2013 under the ticker ASX:FLN. Matt is also chief executive of Escrow.com, a world leader in secure online payments with over $2.7 billion in transactions secured. Matt is a prolific speaker globally and has headlined at SXSW, The Summit Series, Tony Robbins, The Next Web, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, BRW and the Economist.