A leading online marketplace that connects businesses and online workers, Elance, has completed its annual global survey which shows that businesses are converting their businesses to an online workforce to help beat the economic situation. One of the reasons for this shift, according to the survey, is that companies can access greater talent online than if they were to hire locally. However, this isn’t the only benefit.

84% of respondents said that hiring workers online gives them a competitive edge. 70% said they benefit from faster recruitment times, 53% realise cost savings, and 55% enjoy the access to greater talent than would be available to them otherwise. Small businesses seem to be the companies that have the most to gain with many predicting that more than half of their workforce will be online professionals.

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