The company’s Hubstaff Talent marketplace connects remote workers with employers. But, while we love the convenience afforded by this gig worker service, there isn’t much else to like.
Since the platform is entirely free for all parties, and workers are only available per hour rather than per deliverable, we conclude that Talent is primarily a tactic to spawn demand for the core Hubstaff platform organically. So, although you don’t need a paid subscription, you’ll undoubtedly face plenty of brazen plugs to fork over cash for the monitoring software.
Further, the talent marketplace is heavily limited in qualification criteria. Whereas Upwork and Fiverr include complex filters, such as verified professional vetting and geographic preferences, Talent pales in comparison.
This absence of criteria is harmful to all parties. For employers, this makes it challenging to source quality talent that perfectly suits your needs quickly. Meanwhile, it does a disservice to workers constantly subjected to price undercutting.
Platforms like Upwork try to stabilize compensation rates by implementing qualification vetting, minimum fees, and personal branding features, among other measures. Hubstaff Talent, however, has no such considerations.
Sadly, this advances the widespread concern of freelancers constantly getting undercut in price and unable to eke out a fair wage for their locality. As a result, even highly sought-after hard skills, such as software engineering, are selling for as little as $2 an hour. We simply don’t approve of this ethically questionable practice.
Overall, we think Talent is worth skipping due to its limited value and questionable purpose.