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.
"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."