We are testing the option for clients to direct message agencies. As with the previous launch of this feature, our hope is that enabling direct messages and scheduling a call will streamline the hiring process by eliminating a need to post a job prior to determining the scope of the project. Check out the announcement here for more information and feel free to comment below if you have any feedback or questions.
I'd like to point out that Upwork Plus, Upwork Business, and Upwork Enterprise can choose to reach out to new talent with Direct Messages. You may read more about it here. This feature has been on Upwork for some time, and we are now testing ways to expand it to agencies on Upwork.
This change only affects clients and agency managers. When the client sends a message, a Messages room will automatically be created with the client and all the agency managers.