That is interesting. I am not sure how they actually plan to implement an $1.25/hour pay rate with new hires. Upwork's interface simply won't let them create a contract with a rate below $3/hr.
Well, they have a way, as he/she is offering $1.25/h for 8 hours daily work, so the total amount of 8 hours are 8x1.25=10 now he can offer a contract where the contractor will run tracker for 3.20 hours @3/h and rest he work without tracker for 4.40 hours.
Ah... Well, the client may have figured how to make this work mathematically, but to require contractors to work an hourly contract without tracking time is a clear violation of Upwork ToS.
As the client is also violating ToS and he knows that who'll apply also agreed to violate ToS, so it's a win-win game for the client.
A strong Darkside of the force attacking weak minded people for less i say nothing.
Hourly rates are not set by the client but an algorithm done by Upwork. When a client posts a hourly job there is no option to enter an hour rate.
I posted about this early this week. The algorithm will show what the hourly rate in Entry, Intermiddiate and Export are when the client selects the category the job should be in. The downside is that most jobs outside of IT categories don't actually list hourly rates. This is why you see hourly jobs with no rate listed.
It's also why all the scam jobs are in the Admin Support -> Other - Admin Support category. Because it doesn't generate an hourly rate.
The only time a client can enter a rate for a job is if it is a flat rate job.