The idea of using offshore talent sparks debate among many people. Some think that it’s a great opportunity to access lower priced labour. Others think it’s abhorrent to “send jobs overseas”. Whatever your view, the reality is that it’s happening. And it’s a trend that’s increasing because the internet makes it so much easier to work with people effectively, even if they are in another hemisphere. So when I met Braden Yuill from Virtual Co-worker, I knew he would have an interesting story to tell. He inspired this week’s Enterprise post.
Braden Yuill has always had an entrepreneurial streak. When he was 10 he stole vegetables from his mother’s garden and sold them at weekends by the side of the road. These days, he’s no longer selling bags of mushrooms and heads of lettuce – he’s helping small business owners make sense of the affordable market for offshore workers
Specifically, Yuill recruits workers – ranging from web developers and virtual assistants to programmers – in the Philippines to work as remote employees of small business owners. His business Virtual Co-worker was launched in October 2011. He got his first client a month later.
“This helps small businesses grow,” he says. “We’re living in a global economy now and you can get labour through the internet.”
These days, Yuill says that demand far outstrips supply as small businesses embrace the opportunity to access skilled workers at a fraction of the cost. For example, an experienced web developer can cost about $11 an hour.
“There is so much demand in Australia,” says Yuill, who is also opening an office in San Francisco in a month. “The key is finding the right talent in the Philippines. But we have a full-time recruitment team on the ground over there to make sure we’re unearthing that talent. We also check their resumes, endorse them and make sure they are decent hires.”
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