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If you’ve ever wondered how many people are really doing some form of virtual and/or online employment, well wonder no more. oDesk, a global employment platform, is sharing the data. You can check out the May 2011 report here.

The report offers a tremendous amount of data, including month-over-month and year-over-year reporting. It also provides insight into the kinds of jobs that are being used in a telework capacity. In May, over 90,000 jobs were created and $16M spent in online work.

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The report goes on to share the top locations for online workers both in the U.S. as well as globally.

The mere fact that online employment is being tracked is significant. It ought to be an indicator that telework is gaining a hold in the modern workplace. Otherwise, there would be no need to spend time and resources reporting the results.

It also opens the door to a new dynamic. In the past, we’ve spent our time convincing employers to create flexible work policies in order to retain talent. And this is still important. Now that data is being reported on where to find online talent and their skill sets, employers can start actively searching for online talent to fill their next opening.

Individuals looking to brand themselves as online talent will want to dedicate some time to thinking about their personal brand. The employment market just became incredibly large and very competitive.

What do you think? Are companies paying more attention to flexible work and hiring online talent? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

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