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This is Total Unfairness on oDesk part (issue faced by most freelancers)

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Marie A Member Since: Jun 24, 2012
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Member Since :- August 17, 2011 Hours worked :- 6,259 Tests passed :- 11 Minimum Hourly Wage :- $2.00 Member Since :- June 24, 2012 Hours Worked :- 899 Tests passed :- 10 Minimum Hourly Wage :- $4.00 These are true statistics of two freelancers, if required to check the accuracy i will provide the Url of the two profiles. I haven't provided it here in an attempt to protect the privacy of the two individuals. How does oDesk calculate and impose on a freelancer the minimum hourly wage? Why is this important? well it is important Certain clients require low skill tasks at a low wage for an hour. Say lead generation or copy pasting. Certain clients require high skill tasks at a high wage for an hour. Say for an example High quality editing, PHP programming, Ruby on rails programming and High quality article writing. But what if two low skilled tasks appear on oDesk and two freelancers apply for the same job but one person has a higher minimum hourly wage and the other has a lower minimum hourly wage imposed on them. Obviously the client will choose the one with the low minimum hourly wage. Simply because the task is simple and easy to carry out. Counter argument. Well why don't you just increase your skill level and only apply for high skilled tasks. For this argument the answer is that it is easy said than done. And you always don't get high skilled tasks. And sometimes you apply for tasks of low skill level simply because you don't get high skill level tasks. And maybe all of us don't have the opportunity to do degrees in English language and software engineering simply because of time constrains or costs. Final analysis of suggestions To prevent the race for the bottom taking place oDesk can impose a minimum hourly wage of $2.00 or 3.00 for all freelancers irrespective of the skill level of the job. Or impose a low wage for jobs with low skills and a high wage for tasks with high skills. Without counting the freelancer into the algorithm. If oDesk goes to decide which freelancer should have which minimum hourly wage for which tasks. unfair thing like these happen. Since computers and algorithms cannot decide which freelancer should get which job at which hourly wage. Hope oDesk listens and addresses this concern. This issue is faced by many freelancers on oDesk. Please don't understand this argument in a way as to ,who wants to work at the cheapest wage. This argument is solely for the purpose of highlighting the unfairness. Overall i still think oDesk is the best place to work compared to Elance (even though Elance merged with odesk) compared to other freelancing platforms. And it's all thanks to the dedicated effort of the oDesk staff, Freelancer population and most importantly the clients. And i have much gratitude towards oDesk since i have earned from it. But it would be appreciated if odesk would correct this problem of imposing a minimum hourly wage for certain freelancers while not for certain other freelancers. Thanks for reading through!
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Ruth Elizabeth B Member Since: Jun 9, 2014
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ODesk doesn't impose any rates on any freelancers. If they are willing to work for those amounts, we can do nothing to stop them, unfortunately. Elizabeth
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Reynaldo M Member Since: Aug 4, 2012
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There is a Minimum Wage being beta tested for some time with select Freelancers. Criteria how there were selected? Haven't seen any so far.
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Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
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If there is going to be a minimum rate, it needs to be the same for everyone. The test has been going on for too long.
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Reynaldo M Member Since: Aug 4, 2012
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Agreed, minimum wage should be same for all. But how can you justify a minimum rate for a multi skilled Freelancers? Many Asian Freelancer will list 2 or more skills, he maybe exceptionally good in one but average on another. Say for VA project, a minimum of $4/hour is equitable assuming he/she is exceptionally good, but since getting a project as VA has been difficult, he may want to accept a simple copy/paste or data encoding projects to make ends meet for $2/hour but since his minimum is set at $4/hr, he can't apply much less accept the project. And I could just imagine how nightmarish it would be to set a minimum on a per area of expertise would be. And Yes, this test has been going on for too long. Maybe Results of the test are not the figures or result they want to see.
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Greten Vicke E Member Since: Nov 27, 2008
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The worst offenders are those who post fixed-rate jobs. They will type $5 since that's the minimum that ODesk allow in fixed-rate. Then, when you read the job description, they say they will pay only $3 (or any amount lower than $5). What the [expletive here]? Going around the system just to satisfy the greed?
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