Photo - Willix Halim, Freelancer.com's Vice President of Growth.
Freelancer.com expects to grow its database of freelancers and SMEs in Malaysia by reinforcing its presence in the country, said the online freelancing marketplace.
Freelancer.com's vice president of growth, Willix Halim, said: "SME [small and medium enterprise] owners are usually looking for economical ways to run their business, and via Freelancer.com, they have an efficient and cost-effective way to harness the human resource potential of Internet users."
"By using our portal, these business owners can post jobs in a secure and organised manner, and find the perfect person to execute their work projects at the most competitive rate, based on bidders' resumes and work experience," said Halim.
Citing data from National SME Development Council's November 2012 report, he said SMEs were an integral part of the Malaysian economy, constituting 97.3 percent of the total business establishments in Malaysia and contributing 32.5 percent to the economy in 2011, in addition to being a leading source of employment in Malaysia, whereby more than 645,000 SMEs employ more than 4.5 million people.
Halim said SMEs around the world have been using the Internet to generate more revenue and reduce business costs. "Malaysia is one of the front-ranking developing countries where the Internet contributes to the country's GDP [gross domestic product]. The open job marketplace driven by Freelancer.com is in line with the Malaysian Government's target of a knowledge-based economy, which depends upon its ability to build an open, highly skilled economy."
"Apart from nurturing, attracting, and retaining talent, Freelancer.com offers skilled Malaysians the opportunity to reach out to a global audience, where they can also additionally tap on their multilingual communications advantage," he said.
"Many Malaysian users have already discovered how working online can raise their incomes dramatically, and grow their clientele quickly and cost-efficiently," said Halim. "With Freelancer.com, talented Malaysians will enjoy secure and dependable features and round-the-clock 24x7 help from our support team, and will soon be able to use a range of localised features. This borderless world of employment opportunity is expected to make a strong impact, as statistics show that out of Malaysia's estimated population of more than 29 million, 17.5 million are Internet users, including five million broadband users, 2.5 million wireless broadband users, and 10 million 3G subscribers."
He said Malaysia ranked 15th globally among the countries with most Freelancer.com users, with 45,808 users, comprising 6,724 employers and 39,084 freelancers. "Since Malaysians started using the website in 2009, 27,207 projects have been posted and US$851,680 earned by freelancers. Meanwhile, statistics show that the jobs mostly originate from the Klang Valley, with Malaysian employers mainly hiring freelancers from South Asia."
"The leading source of freelancers is India with 27.87 percent of all hires, while the combined hires from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh total more than 45 percent," said Halim. "A large number of freelancers also originate from the United States, amounting to 9.62 percent. In line with the growth of ICT industries, the most popular project types awarded were for PHP, software architecture, MySQL and software testing, working out to 27 percent of all projects awarded."
According to Alexa.com, Freelancer.com, founded in 2009, currently has more than seven million users from 234 countries and regions and attracts more than 4,500 new users daily.
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