CrowdControl Releases Crowdsourcing Survey Results on U.S. Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers

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Findings Show Crowd is Largely Employed and that People Sneak Crowdsourcing Tasks in at Work to Supplement Income

CrowdControl, a leader in crowdsourcing project manageability and quality control, today released survey findings on Amazon Mechanical Turk workers, profiling for the first time a growing workforce comprising the Labor 3.0 movement. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for scalable, on-demand staffing and helps businesses finish projects quicker and cheaper by deploying multiple workers at once, to complete tasks over the Internet. The survey exposed burgeoning trends including the adoption of crowdsourcing as a “second job,” with nearly 25 percent of workers polled indicating that Amazon Mechanical Turk projects accounted for over 10 percent of their annual income.

Platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk are changing the labor market similar to the ways outsourcing disrupted traditional business and employment models, giving companies access to dramatically lower-cost labor but also making them a one-stop shop for high-quality project task returns in near real-time. Unlike outsourcing, crowdsourcing brings together people of all walks of life, spurring innovation and is redirecting employment opportunities to the United States.

Most compelling about the Labor 3.0 crowd is that workers can tackle big data projects very quickly when supported by artificial intelligence applications like CrowdControl, giving enterprises a method for managing and controlling the quality of colossal data ventures. This crowd, according to the survey, is dominated by females, accounting for just over 56 percent of workers. Nearly half of all workers polled are between the ages of 26 and 35.

The crowd is also overwhelmingly employed, with slightly fewer than 75 percent of respondents having a job outside of their Amazon Mechanical Turk work. Over 21 percent actually perform tasks while they are on the job – though the majority of workers, nearly 77 percent, do tasks at home, some in between video games, during off peak hours. Of these workers with day jobs, over 36 percent earn a salary of over $50,000 annually and nearly 61 percent of workers polled have college degrees.

Eighty percent of polled workers learned about Amazon Mechanical Turk online. For more information about the platform, please visit:

For more information about CrowdControl, please visit

About Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker Survey
The CrowdControl survey of United States-based Amazon Mechanical Turk workers took place December 4-5, 2011 and polled 50 percent of all active and registered Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. The survey methodology requested feedback from workers by way of multiple choice and included questions on age, sex, income, task preference, employment status and task work location, among others. The survey is a first-of-its-kind and will be conducted by CrowdControl on a quarterly basis.

About CrowdControl
CrowdControl is the quality assurance that has been missing from the crowdsourcing paradigm. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA and was founded by Max Yankelevich, who also co-founded Freedom OSS, and Andrew Volkov, a start-up expert who specializes in service-oriented architecture and enterprise architecture. For more information, visit:

About Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk, a service of Inc., is a marketplace for work. It gives businesses and developers access to an on-demand, scalable workforce. Workers select from thousands of tasks and work whenever it is convenient. For more information, visit:


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