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To be honest, I disagree with a lot of Upwork decisions recently.
When I look at the idea of making paid connects a requirement to apply for jobs, it seems a great idea at first it can reduce random job applications, unqualified freelancers, and give a better opportunity to more serious and people that are the best match for the job.
But when you look to what is happening in the Platform, from fake jobs, to connects battle races, to unresponsive clients.
I am not against upwork making money, it is good for both freelancers and Upwork to stay in business.
But, it must be a platform where freelancers feel appreciated so they can perform at their best.
Hello, I have seen something today, the jobs are requiring more connects to apply than was required before. Till yesterday the rates were different and quite low, but today I have seen that it is charging 12 - 16 connects to apply for an intermediate-level job with a client's budget of around 100 - 500 USD. Have anyone else faced the same type of issue?
Is same. I see many jobs from scammers, with budget less than $10. All costs 16 connects.
Lets wait 32 connects for job. Or 320. It will be added soon as i see.
ps Upwirk is a zombie! Platform dead but hungry, need more and more.
@Upwork Please if this is a glitch you guys should inform us... How can one apply for a job with almost $2 and might not even get a response or the client might not even hire. tell us if Upwork is now expensive or it's just a glitch🙏🙏
I just noticed this too starting yesterday! Before yesterday all jobs I saw were between 2 - 8 connects and now every single one is 16! What is happening?!
UW greed. Without warning, UW retroactively doubled the number required for all jobs <16 connects early yesterday morning, including those that were already posted (the search results were showing one number, but it was double that number when you clicked on the title; it looks like they fixed that revealing glitch). Now you can use double the connects for jobs posted by clients who post and then disappear (no hires, interviews or activity) or for scam postings.
First, UW introduced the bidding war to try to get people to buy connects, which apparently didn't generate enough $ because some freelancers refused to play the game. Now it's this (freelancers can't really opt out).
it is not a glitch. Someone working as upwork member responded to the other post. This is stupid. Applying jobs for 30-50$ will cost you 16 connects for what? I mean they don't even get to view the proposal or they don't even hire anyone.
if Upwork raises the connects to 16 for applying jobs, they should also make some policy that if your proposals don't get viewed or hire. They should return the connects.
upwork is happily making tons of money out of freelancers. You buy connects if you finish them all and then if you get hired they charge your service fee and then for withdrawal too, there is a fee. How pathetic!
I jumped into Forums to ask the same question. I have noticed that most of the jobs I am interested in submitting a proposal to are now 16 Connects. I have only been on Upwork for a few weeks, but had not seen this number so high.
It will be interesting to see the answer.
I have also noticed recently the increase in connects to apply for the job posts and to me this is inappropriate, Why should I pay 16 connects for a client that will not even look at my personalized proposal? You want us freelancers to apply for job posts that sometimes cost more to pay the connects than the payment you will get from that work done. That doesn't make sense.
Why aren't the connects I paid given back when the job has been awarded to another person, and the connects taken when the person is awarded the work?
That would be more appropriate, in my opinion, as we only get the connects back when a client reaches out to us.
I hope that Upwork can reconsider this decision.
Also I noticed that I was starting to get more invitations and after the connects increase that has stopped as well.
I'm sorry, I fail to see the effectiveness of this, or boosting bids. I have been here since long before this platform was called Upwork. I was here when ODesk and Elance were separate platforms. I've built my reputation as a top-rated provider with a lot of hard work.
For the last few months, it feels like you've taken all that work and just thrown it, and me, to the wayside. I'm sure other providers feel the same. It's gone from a platform where I had (at times) more work and invitations than I could handle, to feeling like I'm begging for scraps.
I work hard, and even though I buy connects, if my bids (boosted) are not being interacted with, or even seen, then what good does it, or buying more do me? How do you determine a job is worth 16 connects? Shouldn't it be up to the poster to decide what their job is worth?
The idea is that you make money and we make money, but all I'm seeing with these recent changes is you making money off of me and me, not getting to be seen by clients.
Wow, Upwork has doubled the price in applying to jobs. Less than a year ago, it was 6 connects. Now I noticed that the minimum for hourly jobs is 12 connects. Add that to the removal of the 5% Upwork fee for long term clients makes it staying in the platform very difficult. I don't mind an increase in prices, but what additional value are we getting? Upwork couldn't even automatically flag obvious fake job postings.
Where did you get the idea that 12 was the minimum for hourly? I just looked at my feed and every hourly job on the front page was 4 connects except for one with a pay range of up to $255/hour--that one was 8.