Virtual Coworker is a remote staffing agency specializing in long-term full- and part-time positions. The company was founded in 2011 in Australia by Braden Yuill, a successful entrepreneur and outsourcing expert.
Virtual Coworker works exclusively with virtual employees in the Philippines, citing their strong work ethic, loyalty, and English language skills.
The company has a positive track record of filling a variety of positions, including virtual assistants, web developers, SEO specialists, copywriters, designers, and more. The basic premise is that any job that can be done remotely can be done for far less in the Philippines.
The way it works is you submit your job description, and Virtual Coworker’s team of local recruiters puts the word out about your position. They screen resumes and pre-interview candidates, and then provide you with a short-list of the most promising candidates. Depending on the nature of your job, this step can take a couple weeks to find the right people.
Virtual Coworker Intro Video
What separates Virtual Coworker from other recruiting services in the Philippines like Virtual Staff Finder is that they’ll do this legwork for FREE. The other companies charge an upfront fee of $250-$500 for this service.
After you have your short list of candidates, you interview them as you normally would via a skype video call. Once you have your selection, the company creates a contract on your behalf and handles all the payroll processing and HR requirements.
Plans and Pricing
Because the recruiting service is free, you can expect to pay slightly higher wages for your Virtual Coworker on an ongoing basis to make up for that. For general administrative staff, the rates are in the $5-6 an hour range, and go up to $9-11 an hour for those with more technical skills. Obviously these are still very attractive rates for anyone used to paying Western wages, but are generally more than you would pay if you paid your VA directly.
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In return for the premium on the wages, you get the layer of protection and management afforded by working through a company. In addition, Virtual Coworker VAs use a proprietary time tracking software and project management tool so you can monitor their work throughout the day.
Like similar systems employed by Upwork, the software takes screenshots of your worker’s computer at random intervals, and even measures mouse clicks and keystroke volume.
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