There are several interesting new data points on the increasing use of online talent marketplaces like Elance-oDesk, Freelancer.com, etc.
On the buyers side,The Staffing Industry Analysts article Online staffing is the new frontier: CW managers’ interest rises sharply says:
A survey of contingent workforce buyers found a sudden jump in plans to use online staffing. Ten percent of contingent workforce buyers planned to use online staffing in the next two years; that’s a jump from a similar survey in 2013 when only 3 percent planned to use online staffing over the next two years.
The article says 4% of the contingent workforce buyers they surveyed use online talent marketplaces today.
The marketplace themselves are also reporting continued strong growth.
The chart below, from the Elance-oDesk reports, highlights the relative strong growth on online job listings.
On the supply side we've also seen an substantial uptick in the number of freelancers and other independent workers reporting they are using online talent marketplaces to find work.
We're still finalizing this work and we'll have more information on this in the coming months.