Author : Nick Krym

oDesk Freelancer Stats and Mashups

A few posts ago I mentioned a report covering some insights on international freelancing community that was made available by oDesk. Sine then I had a chance to take a deeper look at oConomy and found information there even more interesting and insightful. oDesk did a great job on presenting freelancer statistics in chats and Google mashups. Of course when it comes to picking an offshoring destination freelancing data needs to be taken with a grain of salt. In particular a freelancer’s rate is a product of many criteria and only portion of those are locale-dependant. Freelancing through aggregators / monster boards like oDesk is […]

Researching Offshore Rates

Questions about offshore rates in different geographies, for different positions and roles come all too often. I covered a few aspects of this subject in my earlier posts, for example Offshore Developer Rates and Negotiating a Fair Rate. One of the points made in these posts was that the rate is just a contributing factor to the bottom line – the Total Cost of Outsourcing. Nevertheless, the rate is important and getting information about what’s fair for a specific position, geography, region, etc. could be extremely valuable, especially during the initial stage of the vendor selection. Getting ballpark figures for the rates is very simple; […]

Top India Cities for IT Outsourcing

I just stumbled upon an interesting post – The Top Ten Cities for Outsourcing in India. Bala, a Software Programmer working in Chennai, India refers to several major studies by big name industry analysts that produced the top 10 list. India has 35 major cities, not all of them are good offshore outsourcing hubs, for example India’s financial capital Mumbai is not one of those. The list includes top 10 outsourcing destination in the following order: Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, National Capital Region (NCR) includes Delhi and its surrounding suburbs, Pune, twin cities Chandigarh and Mohali, Kolkata, Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore. About these ads

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing to Brazil

A couple months ago I was talking with Alexandre, a project / account manager from a mid-sized service provider based out of Campinas, an industrial city North of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre’s team did a great job on one of my past projects and we continue to stay in touch after the engagement ended. The question of Pros and Cons of Brazil outsourcing inevitably came up and I committed to writing this post after some follow with my network and learning a bit more about the destination. Brazil, the first country in the famous BRIC acronym is not one of the first names that come […]

oDesk: Freelancing Destinations

Very interesting statistics made available by oDesk, a freelancing marketplace that now tops 150,000 individuals worldwide in over 100 countries. Freelancing geography as seen from oDesk perspective appears quite different from what we see in trends on geography of regular IT outsourcing, for example US freelancers offer strong competition and reasonable costs. The list of top freelancer countries also includes Canada, Russia and Ukraine rather than China and Brazil. CANADA Total Number of Providers: 3,581 Average Hourly Rate Charge: $19.60 Average Feedback Score: 4.32 (out of 5.00) INDIA Total Number of Providers: 27,454 Average Hourly Rate Charge: $12.52 Average Feedback Score: 4.01 (out of 5.00) […]