#10 UNITED KINGDOM: In London (pictured) and other cities around the United Kingdom, online workers are busy doing everything from software development and Web design to data entry and consulting. Zuma/Newscom/File
#9 CHINA: Dalian is a center of outsourcing work for Chinese and foreign firms. More than 700 firms have outsourced operations there, according to AFP. Among China's freelance online workers (as opposed to those hired as employees), half are software developers, oDesk data show, reflecting China's growing technical expertise. WEF/HO/AFP/Newscom
#8 CANADA: Vancouver, British Columbia, is a center for high-tech businesses, a strength of Canada's online jobs. Just using figures from oDesk's database, Canada employs around 150,000 workers devoted to outsourcing projects originating in the US. Software development and design as well as data entry and consulting make up more than three-quarters of Canada's online jobs. Daniel Karmann/DPA/Newscom/File
#7 BANGLADESH: Dhaka, the capital, is one of the surprise winners in online job creation. The country has come on strong in recent years to provide cheap overseas labor to foreign firms. Half of its freelance online workers does data entry work, according to oDesk. SIPA/Newscom/File
#6 RUSSIA. With its large pool of technical workers, is a natural place for foreign firms to look for online freelancers. Omsk (pictured here), in southwestern Siberia, is one of the hubs for online freelancers, oDesk says. Russian firms use very few freelancers overseas, but in February Russian freelancers provided $709,100 worth of services to overseas firms; two-thirds of those companies are based in the US. Vasily Melnichenko/ITAR-TASS/Newscom/File
#5 PAKISTAN: Lahore isn't the place many Americans might think of to get top freelance talent. But with its pool of technically trained, English-speaking workers, Pakistan was the world's No. 5 provider of online freelance work in February, oDesk says. In fact, it may face shortages of technical workers in the future, government officials say. Babar Shah/PPI Photo/Newscom/File
#4 UKRAINE: With its large and technically savvy workforce, Kiev and the rest of the Ukraine has become a hot outsourcing destination in Eastern Europe. More than half of oDesk's freelancers are software developers, who can be had for an average of less than $18 an hour. Newscom/File
#3 UNITED STATES: New York is the top US city for online freelance work, according to oDesk. US companies in February spent nearly $3.6 million hiring oDesk freelance workers overseas. But they and foreign firms also spent $1.1 million that month on US workers, half of that total coming from foreign firms. Who they hired is a surprise. For all its technical expertise, a third of the jobs were for data-entry workers, whose average wage was under $10 an hour. Newscom/File
#2 PHILIPPINES: Quezon City is home to several US firms. It's also that nation's top city for online freelance workers, according to oDesk. That's not surprising, given that its colleges graduate nearly 500,000 English-speaking students a year. Data entry accounts for half the oDesk jobs in February, with the average rate of around $3 an hour. PRNewsFoto/IBM/Newscom/File
#1 INDIA: It's no surprise that India ranks No. 1 in the world for online freelancers. But its position isn't assured. India has seen wages soar this past decade, making Indian workers less competitive vis a vis the competition. Indian companies are branching out -- either by locating facilities overseas or diversifying into other high-end work, oDesk says, including research and development, stock analysis, and tax-return processing. Mohali (pictured here) is India's second-biggest center for oDesk freelance workers. STR/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
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BySeth G. Jones, Contributor
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Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim looked like any ubiquitous insurgent commander in southern Afghanistan. He had a sunbaked complexion, serried black beard, charcoal eyes, and the usual accessory – an AK-47 slung over his shoulder.