Some no longer hesitate to outsource behind the president’s back

The health crisis has forced companies to adapt, switching to remote work. Today, even though the majority of COVID-19 restrictions are gone, many organizations continue to allow employees to work from home. Others have opted for a hybrid model that mixes remote work and face-to-face interaction.

Telecommuting has many advantages, as it can allow for a better balance between personal and professional life. Employees are also happy not to have to travel to their workplace every day.

Several studies have been conducted on this topic. For example, in May, we sent out a report from the National Productivity Council indicating that employee productivity has increased thanks to remote work.

“Unlike many previous crises that slowed the trend in productivity, the acceleration of the use of remote work associated with the health crisis could eventually lead to lasting gains in productivity.”refers to CNP.

But remote work has not only advantages. On the employee side, it can also lead to deteriorating working conditions. Moreover, another study indicates that European employees are starting to get bored.

As far as employers are concerned, they may have a hard time verifying the work of their employees. Moreover, a new type of fraud has appeared with telecommuting: employees who subcontract their tasks to self-employed people to get free time or to be able to get several jobs at the same time.

Remote workers outsource their tasks

At the moment, we do not have accurate data on this phenomenon. But this was highlighted in a recent article by Business Insider.

In this article, BI conveys the certification of a Pakistani cloud computing specialist who received an offer on Upwork platform for freelancers. This suggestion came from a German employee who worked for a chip manufacturer.

When the Pakistani asked for technical details, he would have obtained confidential documents from the company, as well as a login and password to allow access to this company’s network. Sensing that something was wrong, he finally turned down the job.

He posted his testimonial on the Reddit forum, and was surprised to read many comments from other freelancers who have already received similar suggestions. In essence, it is common.

It is not just an impression. This phenomenon will be very common in technical fields, especially among developers. This was explained by Cameron Edwards, vice president of the American recruitment agency Malten Silver, which specializes in the digital field.

According to Business Insider, this indicates that these are generally people who work in the United States or Europe for large companies, who have high salaries and subcontract tasks to independent employers who live in low-income countries, with low salaries.

The problem is that this outsourcing is done without the knowledge of the employer and that unauthorized third parties can access confidential information, or even sensitive user data.

This phenomenon is not new. But according to Cameron Edwards, reported cases have increased in the past two years.

In companies, there are signs that can detect employees who are outsourcing the tasks assigned to them: for example, if the employee’s account logs in with a suspicious IP address (thousands of kilometers from their usual location).

Smarter, a computer scientist paid $90,000 to create a buzz by developing a script that automates his work, allowing him to stay just 10 minutes a day at his desk.

“In about a week, I was able to write, debug, and master a simple script that does all my work. It basically scans my internal hard drive for new files, creates hashes for them, uploads them to the cloud, and then creates the hashes again for accuracy.”explained on social networks.

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