LinkedIn (re)launches freelance marketplace

LinkedIn continues to make moves into the gig workspace with the quiet launch of Services Marketplace.

LinkedIn’s “new” Services Marketplace is accessed from a grid button within the site that opens “more LinkedIn services” on the navigation bar. The platform can currently host hundreds of thousands of service providers under every category because it isn’t being built from scratch; it’s an extension and re-branding of a pre-existing platform, LinkedIn ProFinder.

We noticed specifically under ‘Operations’ within the service that there are more than 34,000 HR service providers listed for gig work as well as plenty of “coach” and “mentor” opportunities. What seemed to be noticeably missing were staffing services which our team felt would easily fall under the category of gig work.

LinkedIn was reportedly modeling its freelance listings on Fiverr and Upwork. Those specialty freelance sites offer many features that the Services Marketplace currently lacks, including onsite payments and conveniently bundled service packages for one-click ordering and pricing. A significant advantage LinkedIn does have, however, is its expansive network and the ability for users to connect directly with providers they may already know. 

The service doesn’t carry fees at this point, but LinkedIn does reportedly intend to implement fees along with payments tools and other features to bring it in line with the gig heavyweights.

Read more from the source: AIM Group, Published by: Greg Spencer

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Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology, ERE and others in the USA as well as UNLEASH, iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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