I opened a similar thread some time ago - Suzanne provided some examples as to when it is obviously OK (as in Upwork policy) to agree on less then the minimum wage.
I recently saw a client's profile (US) who had been paying people $0.49 per hour - very recently.
re: "had been paying people $0.49 per hour"
But with the incalculably valuable fringe benefit of having the opportunity to work for such a generous patron.
You forgot to factor that in.
re: "Well apparently one person slipped past because he (or she) is posting a new ad"
What you are seeing is an add in which the job title uses the words "$1/per hour".
Clients can put pretty much anything they want in a job title or job description.
This is different from Upwork allowing a client to establish a contract at $1.00 per hour.
If this client tries to create a contract with a new client who has not previously worked for them at a rate of $1.00, then they will be prevented from doing so.
$3.00 is the minimum rate for any hourly contract with newly used contractors, and this is enforced by the Client-side interface.
You, of course, are being optimistic in thinking that the client intends to pay $1.00 per hour of work, rather than the other possibility: Paying $1.00 per hour of audio transcribed, an hour of which might take two to four hours to perform, depending on one's efficiency and the complexity of the audio that needs to be transcribed.
You're very generous in your appraisal of this client.
I would like to confirm that the client will not be able to send a job offer for less than $3/hour to a freelacer, unless they worked together at a lower rate before.
Ok, but if they did get one of their previous freelancers to work with them again, shouldn't they just contact that freelancer privately and ask if they could do set up another contract @ $1?
you are right preston... i have never done audio transciption but i wanted to try it. since you've told me that i will stick to what i know for the time being.
he might not be the most business savy crayon in the box, or he might be in that he's looking to get his work done practically for free! my ex father in law was a multi millionaire corporate lawyer who work the same brown cordouroy suit jacket from the 70's into the 2000's and he said that you don't get rich by giving your money away. maybe this guy is using that same philosophy?