Upwork has three programs that offer qualifying freelancers special benefits. The purpose of each program is a little different:
- Rising Talent: To help you build your reputation on Upwork more quickly
- Top Rated: To highlight your impressive reputation on Upwork and help you continue your success
- Premium: To provide personalized services that connect you with rewarding projects on Upwork
The tables below show how you can become eligible for these programs and the benefits you would gain.
For a chart of program eligibility and benefits for agencies, click here.
|Criteria||Rising Talent||Top Rated||Premium|
|Job Success Score (JSS)||No JSS||90%
or higher *
|Meets Rising Talent or Top Rated eligibility criteria|
|Freelancer Type: Independent contractor or non-exclusive agency contractor||✓||✓|
|Freelancer Profile: 100% complete||✓||✓|
|Account Status: No policy violations in the last 3 months||✓||✓|
|Work History: First hire on Upwork was more than 30 days ago||✓|
|Earnings: $1,000 or more in the last 12 months||✓|
|Premium Program Application: Pass a skill assessment and interview to be accepted into program||✓|
* Top Rated freelancers must maintain a Job Success Score of at least 90% or have been in Rising Talent status for 13 weeks of the last 16 weeks.
|Benefits||Rising Talent||Top Rated||Premium|
|Program badge on Upwork profile||✓||✓||Continue to receive Rising Talent and Top Rated benefits as you remain in those programs|
|30 free Connects (one-time bonus)||✓|
|Phone, chat, and ticket support from a specialized customer support team||✓||✓|
|Eligibility to apply for Upwork’s Premium Freelancer Program (available for select skill categories)||✓||✓|
|Prioritized by Upwork when we recommend freelancers for projects (when freelancer meets the project criteria)||Priority||High priority||Highest priority|
|Prioritized for promotion in Upwork emails and marketing pages||Priority||High priority||Highest priority|
|Customized Job Digest emails highlighting top opportunities on Upwork||✓||✓||Hand-picked|
|Personalized profile tips to help effectively market your freelance services||Via email||Via email||Via live consultation|
|Access to the private Top Rated forum||✓||Continue to receive Rising Talent and Top Rated benefits as you remain in those programs|
|Option to periodically remove one job’s feedback from profile and Job Success score||✓|
|Online office hours, and opportunities to attend or host local events in select cities||✓|
|Exclusive access to projects through Upwork Pro, Team Builder, and Enterprise||✓|
|Dedicated support from talent agents who hand-pick jobs for consideration and showcase your proposals to clients (support available for select Premium freelancers)||✓|
For a chart of program benefits agencies, click here.