Netguru Talent Marketplace - How Does It All Work?

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Magdalena Szychulska

Updated Aug 9, 2023 • 7 min read
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Netguru’s Talent Marketplace uses the Agile approach to connect freelancers with projects they can be passionate about.

It’s a platform that offers a transparent working relationship and access to diverse teams building innovative solutions. In this article, we answer questions that are frequently asked about the Talent Marketplace and explain how to start your next gig for a top technology brand.

What is the Talent Marketplace?

It’s a platform that spans 16 markets and allows Netguru to reach top talent from around the world. Contractors who join the Talent Marketplace enjoy access to interesting projects as well as the option to work with different teams and gain experience in specific fields. If working with clients like Volkswagen, Babbel, Keller Williams or Hive sounds good to you, the Talent Marketplace can give you that opportunity.

How does the Talent Marketplace work?

All you have to do is to choose your specialization and apply for a role that fits your expertise, then go through a fast-track recruitment process. When that’s done, we will be able to match your skill set, seniority level, and interest with open projects. Once you get your assignment, you’ll be able to join the project immediately.

How long does each project last?

Every project is different. The average length is 3–6 months, but some projects take 3 months or less, and others last longer than a year. As the project begins, its duration is usually estimated, but remember that estimations can change depending on what happens. When we send project information to you, we will share all the details that we are able to.

Is joining the Talent Marketplace the same as becoming a part of Netguru’s team?

No, with all the benefits and limitations that this implies. The Netguru Talent Marketplace is a space for freelancers looking for projects, not full-time employment. You get to work and share knowledge with amazing international teams, on steady terms, while maintaining the freedom and flexibility of an external contractor. If both sides are satisfied with this cooperation, and we think that you’d be a good fit for a permanent position, we can invite you to become part of our team.

If you’re looking for employment, check out our careers page. Maybe you’ll see an offer that’s just for you!

Does Netguru provide insurance coverage and other employee benefits to members of the Talent Marketplace?

No. Joining the Talent Marketplace means you will receive a monthly payment and access to top-tier tools. Unfortunately, additional benefits, such as insurance coverage, aren’t available through this form of cooperation with us.

Will I receive all the necessary details about the project I’m about to join?

The amount of information we can share with our contractors depends on each specific project and the Non-Disclosure Agreement we’ve signed with the client. However, we’re a company built on transparent communication, and we would rather not keep anyone in the dark if we don’t have to. When we contact you about an open project, we’ll provide you with a description. And once you’re assigned to a project, the Project Manager, Account Manager, and other team members will share all the details you need to know with you. Furthermore, asking questions is always welcome.

What projects can I expect to work on? What kind of experience will it be?

Netguru has had many years to create and hone a unique process that consistently and efficiently delivers exceptional results. We’ve helped over 600 companies, supporting early-stage startups, transforming existing businesses, and introducing innovation to corporations. We always use top-tier technological solutions, matching the expectations of clients such as solarisBank, Temi, IKEA, PAYBACK, Merck, Volkswagen, Babbel, Keller Williams, and Hive.

Our focus over the years has been mainly on the international banking and fintech, e-commerce and retail, as well as healthcare. If you’re interested in the work we’ve done in the past, check out our project portfolio.

Once I apply, when should I be ready for a new project?

That depends! We will inform you about the start date as soon as we know it ourselves. If your project is an ongoing one, we might have a better idea sooner than in the case of a new project. In either case, it’s a good idea to be flexible. To date, most of our contractors began work immediately after they finished previous projects.

Can I be hired as an employee after joining the Netguru Talent Marketplace?

You don’t need to join the Talent Marketplace for that – you can visit our careers page at any time. But if you want to start out as a contractor to get to know us better, and then apply, you’re welcome to do so. If you want a long-term cooperation with us without losing the flexibility of a freelancer, you can simply continue applying for further projects.

What standard working hours should I expect?

We aim to give you as much flexibility as possible, but we will need to interact with you regularly, and we work Monday to Friday. We also don’t work in the late evening or on weekends, even for clients in different time zones. But each project is different, and a lot will depend on your team. Your Project Manager will most likely want you to join daily stand-ups, sometime between 9 and 10 AM GMT+1 or +2 (depending on time of year).

How will I get paid? Will I get paid for every hour I spend working on the project?

We’ll pay you for each hour of your work. Simply issue an invoice to us on the first day of each month, and we will transfer the payment to you within 14 days. We don’t use spying software, so to make sure you get paid in full for your work, we’ll ask you to log the time you spend on each task in a time-tracking app called Toggl.

What are the Talent Marketplace policies regarding vacations, national holidays, and sick leave?

We don’t offer paid leave to our contractors, but you can take unpaid time off if you need to. Just let your Team Leader know about this in advance so that the team can make arrangements for your absence.

If I want to take another project after finishing this one, will there be a time gap between them?

Based on a post-assignment evaluation – yours and ours – we’ll try to find a new project for you as soon as possible. We can’t promise that there won’t be a gap, but Netguru is a dynamic company with a lot going on at all times – new opportunities pop up every day, so don’t worry.

If you’re a freelancer who wants to gather diverse experience and work with people from all over the world, learning the skills that are important to you, join the Netguru Talent Marketplace today.

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