Online Talent Platform Outsized Moves Into Australia and New Zealand


On-demand talent platform Outsized is expanding into Australia and New Zealand. The local Outsized team will be led by Sara Kahlau, who has previously worked at Booz & Co and icare NSW.

“With Outsized, our customers in Australia and New Zealand can expect a tailored approach that aligns talent solutions with strategic business objectives,” said Kahlau. “Our model ensures clients have access to all the skills they need whenever they need them, without the fixed costs, through our unique talent pool and virtual bench products, giving clients on-tap access to pre-vetted, highly skilled talent curated to their individual needs.”

With a network of over 30,000 independent consultants and skilled contractors, Outsized is the only on-demand talent platform specialising in high-end roles. In 2023 alone, Outsized grew its pool of independent consultants by over 50%. Off the back of strong year-on-year revenue growth since its inception in 2016, Outsized closed its Series A fundraising round in Q4 2023

The expansion into Australia and New Zealand coincides with a trend where businesses increasingly turn to independent talent for agility, innovation and efficiency. In 2023, Outsized experienced an increase of 154% in the number of independents on contracts, up from an increase of 45% the year prior. Key growth areas Outsized expects to see in the market include data, AI, digital transformation, technology, cybersecurity, and sustainability/ESG.

“In Australia and New Zealand, demand for flexible, independent talent solutions is growing rapidly,” added Kahlau. “Outsized fills a critical gap in the market by offering an intuitive platform that not only meets business needs for agility and expertise but empowers talent to shape their careers on their terms.”

Recent studies indicate that 88% of Australian businesses need talent with the right skills, especially in areas like project management, business analytics, and digital transformation.

Outsized’s expansion strategy is bolstered by its existing relationships with major consulting firms and its specialisation in sectors including financial services, insurance, healthcare, and government.


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