Pre-Vetted Freelancers for the Enterprise

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It can take months to find the right hire in the current employment environment, but Upwork is hoping to make it a little easier for the enterprise.

The freelancer marketplace announced Upwork Pro, a new talent sourcing offering that provides businesses with access to a pre-screened pool of premium freelance talent in development, marketing, design and even service projects.

Taking on the role of an active recruiter of sorts is somewhat of a shift for Upwork, but there is a need for it.

Company representatives will meet with companies to identify their needs and present a list of appropriate freelancers who have been vetted through portfolio and work history reviews, technical evaluations and live video interviews.

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"Businesses continue to experience difficulties accessing the skills and talent they need to meet mounting demands," said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork. "People are central to a business -- there is no more powerful competitive advantage. Upwork Pro places premium talent in the hands of mid-market companies. For large businesses looking to build a freelance workforce at scale, Upwork Enterprise provides the technology, sourcing and talent services in one solution."

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