adds to portfolio by snapping up vWorker

Global recruitment business has acquired US-based vWorker for an undisclosed amount.

US deal: has made a string of acquisitions in recent years

US deal: has made a string of acquisitions in recent years, a business which provides a marketplace for freelance workers, has bought a US rival.

With a reported 2.5 million users and 1.3 million projects, operates in 234 countries around the world providing employers with a way of hiring freelancers to do work in areas including software, writing, data entry and design.

It has purchased Florida business vWorker, which was founded by Ian Ippolito in 2001 when it was called

The acquired company is said by to provide a 'massive boost' to its user base of professionals.

Matt Barrie, chief executive of, comments, 'I am immensely proud to announce the acquisition of vWorker, which has the absolute best reputation in the industry for sourcing the finest programmers.'

Australia-based has previously secured the backing of Switzerland firm Startive Ventures.

Ippolito, chief executive and founder of Exhedra Solutions (owner of vWorker), adds, 'We're elated to be joining forces with the global leader in the space.

'Our employers will be able to tap into a larger and more diversified skill base to get things done.''s acquisition of vWorker adds to a list of purchases which includes GetAFreelancer (Sweden), Scriptlance (Canada), LimeExchange (United States) and (United Kingdom).