The Staffing Industry Analysts is reporting there are currently more than 145 online staffing platform businesses operating globally.
They also reported in 2013 the industry generated roughly $1.4-$1.6 billion in "gross spend". This is the dollar value of work completed and paid for. And while they're not specific about 2014, they say it's "shaping up to be another year of very strong double digit growth in this segment".
Our surveys of independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, independent consultants and contractors, etc.) are also showing strong growth.
While we're still processing the data, it looks like the number of independent workers reporting they are using online talent workplaces at least part of the time is up substantially this year over 2013.
There's little doubt the use of online talent marketplaces is rapidly expanding and moving beyond early adopters.
We'll have more on this topic in the coming weeks.