Much is made of US based freelancers getting a lot of work online from people in other countries. But it would seem as if things are working in reverse too, according to the latest information coming from the freelancer site People Per Hour. This is a bidding site based in the UK that has freelancers from all over the world joining it.
It would seem that the initial months of 2011 have seen a huge increase in the demand for UK freelancers from the US and other countries as well. The rate of clients from the US specifying a wish to work with UK based freelancers has gone up by over 700%. Demand from India has gone even higher than this, with the figure approaching 800%.
People Per Hour is not the best known of all the bidding marketplaces available for freelancers to use online. But since it is a UK based website it does tend to attract a lot of freelancers who are based in the UK. This means it is an ideal place to find British freelancers, whatever the reason for doing so may be.
This data flies in the face of the traditional model of Western businesses outsourcing work to other countries. It seems to have been partly triggered by the recession and the reduction of regular roles within businesses. It will be interesting to see whether it continues into the future, but UK freelancers will no doubt hope it does.