Contract Employment Opportunities Increase by 8% in May

MENLO PARK, CA, Jun 04 (MARKET WIRE) —
oDesk has released online work figures for May 2010, to coincide with the
Employment Situation Summary for May 2010 published by the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics. Online work on oDesk, a marketplace that connects
590,000 contractors with employers at thousands of companies worldwide,
increased 8 percent over April 2010, marking a fourth straight month of
increasing online employment.

Contract workers make up more than one-third of the U.S. workforce, and
more than 90 percent of U.S. firms now use contract talent on a regular
basis. Online work provides employment for people with a wide range of
technical and non-technical skills, from programming and web development,
to writing, bookkeeping and administrative support; anything that can be
set-up, managed or delivered over the Internet.

Here is an overview of the oDesk Online Employment Situation Summary:

– 47,281 new online jobs were posted to oDesk in May, an increase of
3,670 over April
– 589,718 total workers were registered with oDesk in May, an increase
of 37,153 or 6.7 percent over April
– $8,873,388 was earned by workers on oDesk in May, an increase of
$222,862 or 2 percent over April
– The top remote contractor countries for May were the United States,
India and the Philippines
– The top employer countries for May were the United States, Canada and
Australia

“We have a front row seat for the rise of the remote work economy.
The continued interest in contract work speaks to the new order of the
working world — the jobs are returning, but both businesses and workers
are choosing more flexible relationships,” said oDesk CEO Gary Swart.
“The future of work lies in contract workers building long-term,
successful careers online — and companies and individuals must learn how
to forge productive working relationships within this new dynamic.”

Interested in viewing the complete report on online contract work? Please
visit: www.odesk.com/w/online_employment_may2010

About oDesk
With more than 590,000 contractors in more than 169
countries, oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the largest and fastest-growing
marketplace for online work.

For employers: Guaranteed work — every hour billed is an hour worked.
Screen captures of each contractor’s desktop taken at random intervals
allow employers to audit the hours and work completed so they have
confidence every hour billed by a remote team member is an hour worked.
This capability also enables the employer to collaborate more closely and
re-direct the contractor if necessary, much like you do when you manage
by walking around your office.

For contractors: Guaranteed payment — every hour worked is an hour paid,
without the hassle of invoicing or slow-paying clients, making oDesk the
preferred marketplace for professional contractors including software
engineers, web developers, graphic designers, writers, researchers,
administrators, and customer service agents.

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Contact:
Erica Benton
oDesk Corp.
ericabenton@oDesk.com
650-853-4152

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Taiwan’s former first lady denies embezzlement charges

Taipei – Taiwan’s former first lady Wu Shu-chen Tuesday denied that she had embezzled government money during a face-off with a defendant-turned-witness at a Taipei trial.

“All the money was used by president Chen for public events and secret diplomatic missions,” said Wu, who was charged along with her husband Chen Shui-bian with embezzlement, acceptance of bribes, money laundering and document forgery.

Wu, who admitted to money laundering and document forgery in pretrial hearings, said she simply collected the money from the ex-president’s chief treasurer Chen Cheng-hui and handed it to her husband.

She said the court should interrogate Chen Cheng-hui over how she accounted for the funding claims and did the bookkeeping.

Chen Cheng-hui, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering charges after agreeing to take the witness stand, however, said she was instructed by Wu and two other former chief aides of the ex-president in making all the funding claims.

Asked by the court if she had wired part of the special state funds abroad for money laundering, Wu insisted none of the funds she had remitted abroad came from illegal sources.

“All were the money I have saved, left over from previous political donations, gains from stock investments, and gains from the former law office started by the ex-president,” she said.

Wu was charged along with her husband and 12 others, including several family member, s with laundering more than 37 million US dollars, embezzling 3 million US dollars of special state funds, taking 14.4 million US dollars in bribes from local businessmen and other offences.

Chen Shui-bian served as president from 2000 to 2008. (dpa)