I am not sure if anyone has noticed but I am finding that job ads I place on freelance websites are getting record number of applications from high quality applicants. The response rate has never been this high since I started recruiting freelancers as far back as 2005. I mean the ratio of low quality applications to really high quality ones used to be about 5:1 (that is for every five low quality service providers there was a decent service provider) but now the ratio of low quality to high quality service providers I find is about 1:5 – the reverse!
I am finding it really difficult short listing candidates, let alone award projects.
Are these symptoms of the recession?
Or is there an impending glut of high quality service providers?
Whatever the situation, I am building a database of quality service providers I can contact in times of emergencies.