I'm seeing a lot of jobs being opened by clients, where they require expert level and then in the job description they say that the pay rate is $5 to $7 per hour, for example.
I don't know if other freelancers are also feeling this, but there's a banalization of expert jobs. All clients create projects looking for experts but then hire someone at $5/h which obviously isn't an expert.
Upwork, can you do something about this? Maybe require a limit to the job hourly/fixed rate, or charge the client to create the expert job?
It's getting harder and harder to really understand who is looking for an expert and who is looking for a bargain. Expert jobs should mean something.
Hi Mark, thanks for your reply.
I disagree with you here. I obviously don't apply to jobs where the client wants an "expert" but also wants to pay what an undergraduate student would get.
If you don't think Upwork is qualified, why are you using their platform? In my option, they are more than qualified for this and, since the expert field is there, they either should make it worth or just remove it.
Izaias A wrote:
In my option, they are more than qualified for this
You have no idea how wrong you are. You do not want Upwork to mess with this. Or anything else.
You are not applying to those jobs, so you're okay and you certainly don't need Upwork to interfere with your own business decisions.
If someone wants to take on those jobs, good for them. Not your problem. Not mine. Move on.
5 dollars is high ... I saw also worse job posts
But anyway ... I do not even read what "skills level the client selected", everything that counts is job description, and feelings about other data when I looking the posts. You can simply ignore "beginning/expert level" section.
I think it can only be used in job search filter, but yes ... if you know that this section is useless, then you will not use it. I miss some other options in job search filter, and probably the best would be that Upwork remove "skills level filter", with something useable. Maybe the basic idea is not bad, but I think clients just clicking it "randomly".
Much more funny are situations when a client write a whole list what freelancer's skills he/she is looking for (sometimes it could be printed on A4 page), and then the expected hour rate is 3-4$/h, or 10$ fixed.