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TeamEx vs UpWork

Mariana Krasteva
Mariana KrastevaMarketing Expert at TeamEx

With the work market becoming increasingly global and remote, recruitment platforms like TeamEx and Upwork emerge as important facilitators, connecting talented individuals with companies in need. These platforms, while sharing the mission of fostering work relationships, embody distinct models, philosophies, and offerings. 

As a highly accessible work marketplace, Upwork has attracted millions of freelancers from a wide range of industries and professions. Currently, it is used in over 180 countries by over 18 million freelancers and 5 million clients. The platform is user-friendly and packed with features, making every stage of the recruitment process efficient and streamlined.

However, the platform’s accessibility comes at a price. Due to its low entry barriers, Upwork risks becoming increasingly diluted with an overabundance of talent, extending the time it takes for recruiters to find high-quality talent that fits their companies' needs. 

To avoid such issues, TeamEx takes an alternate approach. By carefully screening candidates using AI technology, this platform ensures its talent pool is high-quality and carefully vetted, minimizing the risk of companies encountering underqualified or unreliable freelancers. 

This article compares how each platform caters to its clients and talent, spotlighting the nuances that can determine your choice of the best-fitting option.

TeamEx for Clients and Upwork for Clients Compared

TeamEx is a premium service, prioritizing quality and long-term relationships over quantity. It ensures fast and streamlined talent outreach, screening, and hiring. The benefits of the platform extend beyond hiring and include providing the HR tools required for effective global workforce and payroll management.

Upwork, on the other hand, prioritizes freelance, short-term, and project-based employment, offering flexibility and variety. It has a vast talent pool from various industries, including development, marketing, finance, customer support, writing, and design. Combined with the opportunity to find professionals with different levels of expertise and, thereby, rates, this is appealing to a broader range of clients. However, this involves the trade-off of a more extensive and overwhelming talent search process, potentially resulting in a failure to find the perfect match.

Below is a detailed comparison based on several critical criteria:





Facilitator connecting tech talent and clients, focusing on long-term full-time commitments

Provides a broad marketplace for freelance and short-term engagements

Target clients

Elite clients focusing on long-term, full-time commitment

Clients seeking cost-effective, flexible employment options

Talent pool

Top tech talent: developers, designers, AI engineers, data scientists, ML/DevOps, Testers/QAs

Vast pool across various industries

Geographical coverage

Specializes in Latin America and Europe, offering top talent from 14 countries

Global reach across 180 countries

Employment contract types

Permanent employment and long-term commitment

Freelance, short-term, and project-based contracts

Talent retention

High talent retention rates

Focus varies with project duration and freelancer preferences

Screening process

Bias-free skill assessment and emphasis on cultural fit, utilizing AI for holistic matching

Screening conducted by clients based on proposals

AI-enabled hiring

AI-assisted talent screening, selection, and interviewing process

Limited use, primarily for job-matching suggestions

Workforce management functionalities

HR tools for global workforce management, global payroll management, and employee benefits management

Lack of dedicated HR tools


Transparent flat monthly fee of $975 per talent

Budget-based project system with a 5% fee on each payment

Payment structure

Clients pay a flat monthly fee for talent

Clients and freelancers pay service fees

TeamEx for Talent and Upwork for Talent Compared

From the perspective of talent, both TeamEx and Upwork present opportunities and challenges based on their distinct approaches to employment, support, and compensation. 

TeamEx is focused on highly-skilled and qualified professionals seeking stability and alignment with long-term career goals, providing a nurturing environment for talent to grow within their roles. 

Conversely, Upwork, with its vast project diversity and flexibility, caters to beginner, intermediate, and advanced freelancers who potentially value variety and autonomy over stability. With such a vast and multilevel talent pool, freelancers typically see quite high competition, which sometimes requires adjusting their rates to stay competitive.

The comparison table below illustrates how each platform aligns with the needs and preferences of its users.





Prioritizing long-term, full-time roles giving a sense of belonging and purpose, promoting job security and career growth for developers, designers, AI engineers, data scientists, ML/DevOps, Testers/QAs

Offers freelance, temporary, and project-based engagement across various industries and sectors, providing flexibility and diverse work experiences

Talent support

Offers comprehensive support for integration into companies, including benefits and long-term career planning

Primarily facilitates project connections, with less emphasis on long-term career support or integration into the team

Cultural and value alignment

Emphasizes matching talent with companies that share similar values and cultural fit, enhancing job satisfaction

Less focus on cultural fit, with a primary emphasis on matching skills to project needs

Geographical coverage

Available for tech talent in Latin America and Europe and companies all around the world

Global accessibility

Employment contract types

Permanent employment and long-term commitment

Fixed-term, project-based, and temporary employment contacts with minimum commitment

Retention and stability

Promotes high retention rates by aligning talent with companies for long-term growth

Freelance, project-based nature may lead to higher turnover

Screening and selection

Utilizes AI for a holistic match, considering skills, cultural fit, and long-term career goals

Skill-based screening, with talents proposing for projects

AI-enabled hiring

AI-assisted talent screening, selection, and interviewing process

Partial use of AI - primarily generative AI to streamline proposal creation

Compensation and benefits

Offers stability with a focus on fair, transparent compensation and access to employee benefits

Flexibility in rate setting, without benefits for freelance positions

Payment structure

Completely free for talent

Direct payment with service fees of 10% plus 20% tax on these freelancer service fees

Credit-based proposal submission involving the additional cost of “Upwork connects” ($1,73 per 10 connects, VAT included)

Salary negotiation

Companies directly negotiate the salary with talents

Freelancers set their rates, which offers flexibility Upwork adds service fees

Final Thoughts

While UpWork has one of the largest talent pools in the industry, its wide selection can provide more disadvantages than benefits, leading to increased costs for recruiters and a potentially longer recruitment process. 

TeamEx’s talent pool of vetted tech professionals has been carefully curated through a thorough screening process, ensuring that clients receive optimal candidates who are well-suited to their businesses’ specific needs. Despite not having the largest quantity of talent, TeamEx aspires to deliver exceptional quality and value to recruiters.

Ultimately, the choice between TeamEx and Upwork depends on the individual’s or organization’s priorities, be it the pursuit of quality and depth in professional engagements or the value of variety and flexibility in project work.

About Author

Mariana Krasteva
Mariana KrastevaMarketing Expert at TeamEx
Mariana is a marketing expert and technical writer specializing in recruitment platforms, HR management, CRM, and business management solutions. She brings together specialized knowledge, solid experience, and best writing practices into clear and effective marketing strategies and content.