In support of its commitment to creating opportunities for people from developing countries, Freelancer.com has partnered with Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) for its “Micro Sourcing to Generate Additional Income for the Low Income Household” project, a part of MDeC’s Digital Malaysia initiative.
The project aims to expose Malaysia’s underprivileged to the global outsourcing boom, letting them find work across the world. MDeC will take up the challenge of educating Malaysia’s Bottom 40% (B40) communities on the potential of freelance work to augment their income, while Freelancer.com will assist these communities by teaching them how to navigate through the site, as well as matching their skills with jobs available online on Freelancer.com.
Freelancer.com claims to have 4,000 new jobs daily across different industries paying an average of US$200 each.
In addition, Malaysia has the potential to become a top outsourcing hub in the region. Evan Tan, Regional Director – Southeast Asia, Freelancer.com, noted: “Our partnership with MDeC is strategic and is aligned with our goals to bring a greater number of job creators and job seekers on our platform. Malaysia is currently the top 8th Asian country on Freelancer.com, and the 20th globally. This collaboration with MDeC will allow us to extend our reach to the rest of the Malaysian population, particularly fresh graduates and those of the lower income group.”
This collaboration also promises to be a significant step towards Digital Malaysia’s mission, according to Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). “Our partnership with Freelancer.com not just strengthens MDeC’s Digital Malaysia initiative to uplift the standard of living of the lower income group through digital economic means; on the flip side, this is also a great avenue for organizations and businesses looking to keep their operational costs down by utilizing the services of freelancers.”
Following the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Freelancer.com and MDeC, the latter will embark on an awareness program, encouraging participation among students from low income families studying in local universities by getting them to register on the Freelancer.com platform. These students are chosen as they possess the necessary language and IT skills, enabling them to obtain paid work via the platform without the need for extensive computer literacy training.
In the future, Freelancer.com and MDeC will expand the availability of this opportunity to more members of the low income group, irrespective of age, occupation, and location.