Just noticed that $$$ job posts now include price range such as $15-$20
Is that a feature? Or am I in an A/B/experiment bucket ?
Since there seems to be a contradiction between $$$ ( expert ) to job posts quoting $15 An hour
Also noticed that there is no way of filtering that, so is it an experiment? new strategy?
Yeah, I have noticed these and I was starting to wonder what these clients are expecting. If you want an expert, you're not offering expert rates. However, I do believe there are freelancers who would jump at this. I saw a post for some project that was offering 3-5$ per hour for content copy writing and it had 10-15 proposals.
Thanks for your question, this is indeed a test. To give freelancers more precise information about a project, we are running a test where we ask clients to manually enter a budget range when posting an hourly job, independently of the experience level. This is a test and only certain clients have the option right now. As a result, you might see some hourly jobs that include the client’s budget range in dollars and some that do not. If this test is successful, we’ll look at expanding this option to all clients.
I moved your posts to the announcement thread for additional visibility.
In order to not impact or skew test results, we typically try not to share details about tests while they are ongoing. While we can’t address your questions about this test, we do appreciate your feedback. In the original announcement here Lena shared why we were running this test and we'll definitely update the Community if this becomes a feature available to all users.
Not sure if this is a new feature that Upwork has added - but I am starting to see project postings where clients have marked their "hourly rate budget range" - not sure what kind of sense does that make ?
When I wrote back to one prospect mentioning that his hourly budget did not meet my expectation - he said that he included that info simply because Upwork had "suggested" that range.
I am not sure how Upwork determines a suitable "hourly" rate for projects. Regardless of the algorithms, it can possibly always be proven to be faulty. I think this can simply cause clients to post hourly rate "budgets" that don't help them find the right candidates and can cause freelancers be put off simply because clients have posted rates that don't work for them. The irony is transactions may simply be prevented just because Upwork has seemingly commoditized the services individual freelancers offer.
Could I please request Upwork to drop this "feature" please - Hourly rates by themselves in general make no sense in most cases - leave alone suggesting hourly rate "budget" ranges to clients.