Freelance marketplace Elance released results of its online hiring practices survey which revealed that the majority of businesses (64%) prefer online hiring versus the traditional model of hiring onsite. That's not surprising when you're dealing with an audience that hires freelance workers online with some frequency (nearly 50% had 2-5 hires in the past 12 months) but it might give some added comfort to those looking to do some hiring online.
Of those that do hire online 87% view it as a critical business strategy to enhance profitability and competitiveness according to the Elance survey. The reason employers like hiring online is that it is cost effective, flexible (staffing up and down as needed), accessible (always-on access), geographic reach, better candidate information and increased visibility (able to monitor work and collaborate online).
“The majority of businesses report that while they are not adding many new employees onsite, they are opting to hire and distribute work to online teams as a core strategy to help them do more with less. Elance provides these businesses with a full featured online workplace that enhances their ability to hire and manage talent and get work done,” said Ellen Pack, Vice President of Marketing at Elance.
One of the most interesting aspects of the survey was a section on the criteria employers consider important when hiring online - take a look below.