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Hourly contract


while working on an hourly contract, do in review status means that the amount is now in escrow at Upwork until the review period finished or it's possible that the amount will not turn into pending if the client bank account is empty or something like that.


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Hi Bacem, 


Your earnings on Upwork are processed according to the Weekly Billing Cycle. Payments released for fixed-price contracts go through a 5-day security period and will be available to you once the security period is over. 

For hourly contracts, all the hours logged are automatically invoiced to your client, and funds become available following the Weekly Billing Cycle. Kindly check the schedule below:

  • Week 1 – Freelancer logs time using the Upwork desktop app and Work Diary.
  • Week 2 – Hours within the weekly limit invoice to your clients on Monday. They have until Friday to review the work. Then the review period ends.
  • Week 3 – Earnings become available on the following Wednesday.

You may read through each tab to know when you should expect the payment to be available on your account. If you check your Reports page (Reports > Overview), you will see where in the billing cycle the payment is. If the payment is in the Pending tab, it's already in the security period. If your earnings for the hours you logged are already in "In Review," this means that it is currently in Week 2, and if the client doesn't dispute your hours or there are no issues with their payment method, you should be paid by the following Wednesday. 


You might want to review the information shared in these articles here and here for more details.

~ Avery
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Thank you 🙏🏻 

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Hey Bacem, once you submit your work, the client has 14 days to either approve or ask for revisions. If the client does nothing, then your work is automatically approved and paid at the end of the 14 days. Thanks!

Hi William, thank you. Actually, I know all these details but I'm asking if the client is just a scammer or something like that, what will be the situation for my worked and tracked hours (tracked via upwork tracker).

Hourly contracts are the most secure form of payment on upwork. If you're working hourly then your payment will get processed after the holding period.

Not with an hourly contract. 

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