Pakistan ranks number 3, after US (#1) and India (#2), in terms of freelancers doing outsourced IT work on contract. Bangladesh ranks fourth, according to data from four biggest online outsourcing sites: Elance.com, oDesk.com, Freelancer.com, and Guru.com.
The data also shows that US, Australia and the UK as the top hiring countries.
All four websites work in a similar way: First, companies post job requirements on these sites. Next, freelancers or IT-companies offer their bids with skills and cost for the project listed on the website. Finally, the company chooses the best bid meeting its job requirements.
Recently, Freelacers.com, one of the top four online marketplaces, said there are 240,000 freelance Pakistanis
registered as providers on its website.
With more than 30 million internet subscribers, five million plus broadband users and a population nearing 200 million, according to Freelancer executive Adam Byrnes, it makes sense to have a presence in Pakistan.
“Going forward, we want to provide self-employment for a billion people, a significant portion of that is going to come from Pakistan,” he told Express Tribune.
In addition to having a large population, Pakistan has seen its human capital
grow significantly over the last decade. With nearly 16% of its population in 25-34 years age group having
college degrees, Pakistan is well ahead of India and Indonesia,
according to Global Education Digest 2009
published by UNESCO Institute of Statistics. UNESCO data also shows that Pakistan's lead is growing with younger age groups.
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