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Contractor hours increase 118 percent, says oDesk

Contractors clocked more than one million hours in August, according to oDesk Corp. oDesk helps employers and their contractors manage their hours and provides remote monitoring of workers at their computers.

oDesk added that overall hours worked increased 118% compared to August 2009. Working online has become increasingly popular, as casualties of the recession have gone on to thrive on a freelance basis.

Support groups and online networks have given rise to a confident, autonomous contractor workforce.

“The working world has come a long way since Labor Day was first initiated in 1882,” said Gary Swart, oDesk CEO. “Online work has been embraced by employers and contractors across a wide swath of industries and on a global scale. oDesk is thrilled to have reached this milestone together with them, and we congratulate online workers the world over for their many jobs well done!”

Additional highlights, pulled from the August report, also include:

  • New online job opportunities up 10% month over month, 129% over August 2009 as the national unemployment rate remains at record high
  • Post-Recession Retail Therapy: hiring for Ecommerce web development is up 70% over 2009
  • California Home to 20% of the Top U.S. Cities for Online Workers
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