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Global portal for freelancers Freelancer.com expects to significantly increase the number of registered freelancers in Argentina with the opening of a local office, CEO Matt Barrie told BNamericas.
"I think that the numbers will grow dramatically in the short term. In approximately 12 months, we can reach 100,000 registered freelancers in Argentina," Barrie said.
The executive said that Argentina is a good market for outsourced freelance projects due to the country's high internet penetration, which is close to levels in certain European countries.
Barrie said that Freelancer.com will use Argentina as the hub for further expansion across Latin America. The next step in the company's regional expansion plan could be Brazil, in 2013, he said.
The executive also said that most of the jobs done by Argentine freelancers are in the IT field, such as web design, PHP and Flash, among others. Meanwhile, the top four countries employing Argentine freelancers are the US, the UK, Australia and Canada.
The executive said that Latin America is still underrepresented in the company's global registered user base, with less than 2% "The reason for this is the lack of support in the Spanish language, which is not available for local freelancers," he said. Barrie also said that the local office will have a Spanish-speaking customer services team.
According to Barrie, there are over 16,000 registered freelancers in Argentina as well as almost 1,300 employers.
Freelancer.com connects businesses with over 4mn independent professionals globally, specializing in fields as diverse as software development, writing, marketing, engineering, and the sciences.