I am new to Upwork. Over the last two months or so I've been monitoring jobs in my category of interest -- those I've applied to, and others I've bookmarked -- and the vast majority (like 90%) of them have seem to remain unfilled. I was wondering if anyone can point me toward statistics on the number of Upwork job postings that actually get filled. If more than half commonly remain unfilled, then I think I need to spend my time doing something other than applying to upwork jobs...
Yeah, that is unfortunate since it would indicate many people breaking Upwork's policies.
This is the data by Setu M. and I found it useful. Looks like out of the sample he followed, close to half the jobs remained unfilled after 30 days. With those kinds of numbers, doesn't make a lot of sense to spend a lot of time applying for jobs.
Oh, I thought you were suggesting the clients found a freelancer via their Upwork job post, but hired outside of Upwork. I suppose either is a possiblity, along with many other reasons jobs might remain unfilled.
"With those kinds of numbers, doesn't make a lot of sense to spend a lot of time applying for jobs."
Although if you submit twice as many proposals, then it would be like 100% of jobs resulting in a hire. Kind of.
- Box, Logan's Run (1976)
In my observation the vast majority go unfilled, but you have to play both the numbers and the long game. Over a period of 3-5 months after starting I was able to amass enough clients that several have had consistent work for the last 6 months. As time permits I can go out and try for new opportunities which may take a while but it only needs a few or even just one good client. Also I am now much more picky than when I first started and needed to get a profile going. There is so much *bleep* when I read the job postings that I'll just zoom right by. Cannot really do that at the beginning but after you get traction things can build upon themselves if you keep at it and deliver great work. However, again the reality that I see is that most go unfilled and many more are garbage postings. But there are good one's and those can build lasting relationships if you deliver.
Just to add another reason to the list, without stating its frequency, is when a client expands or changes the scope of the original job after an interview with a preferred freelancer, and hires them through Upwork but outside the original job post.