Expat Workforce Links Employers with Key American Talent Residing Offshore at Reduced Rates

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New web site connects U.S. employers with growing American expat workforce living abroad in low-cost countries

“If you can tap into this hidden talent pool in a low cost of living country, it’s a win-win – the quality expats with solid experience get great assignments, and the employer gets quality hires at a reduced rate,” Motiwalla says.

In a unique outsourcing model, two travel enthusiasts – a business entrepreneur and a web engineer – have joined forces to create Expat Workforce, an online meeting place for businesses looking to outsource work to top quality Western workers at reduced prices – and for talented, highly educated expatriates to find meaningful work while they are living overseas.

The site is free for expats to post their profile, including their qualifications, availability, areas of specialty and even their resume. While businesses and recruiters can post a job description and browse the database anytime, employers who wish to contact the expats must purchase a monthly subscription. Expat Workforce also offers employers tips on how to make successful “virtual hires” through online tools such as Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Docs, Salesforce.com and other cloud computing services.

Expat Workforce is a brainchild of founder Andrew Motiwalla, a seasoned entrepreneur with in-depth experience in launching and managing international programs. His start-ups include Cross-Cultural Solutions, a non-profit organization that offers international volunteer programs; Memorystone Publishing, a consumer custom publishing company (acquired by Blockr); and Terra Education, developer of international educational programs for student travelers. His co-founder, Ben Homnick, is a software engineer who had experience at Microsoft and with various start-ups before moving to Taiwan to become an expat himself.

Motiwalla says the idea of Expat Workforce came to him through his own work and life experience. As an avid traveler and entrepreneur, he found himself on both sides of the workforce equation. During his time as an expat, he struggled for work abroad other than the standard expat gigs - teaching English or bartending. Later in life, as an entrepreneur launching start-ups, he had difficulty finding affordable, high quality people for outsource work who had solid communication skills and first-hand knowledge of American cultural norms. “If you can tap into this hidden talent pool in a low cost of living country, it’s a win-win – the quality expats with solid experience get great assignments, and the employer gets quality hires at a reduced rate,” he says. “It’s like Match.com meets LinkedIn – it hooks you up, you pay a flat usage fee and then you can do the interviews, salary negotiations and final agreements; there is no agency taking a cut. Nowhere else can you find Ivy League employees for $15-20 per hour."

While Expat Workforce is still in its fledgling stages, the founder is confident he is pioneering a fast-growing workforce trend. “As we come out of the recession, employers are looking for ways to minimize their payroll expenses while not sacrificing the quality of work,” notes Motiwalla. “Outsourcing to Americans living abroad is a trend that will only continue as more and more people move overseas,” he adds.

For additional information on Expat Workforce, go to expatworkforce.com

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