(October 06, 2012)
oDesk makes its money by charging 10% to all the transactions in addition to the cost of the work for the employer. So you might ask yourself the question: Can the employer pay you without using the time tracker in oDesk?
In principle, he could. However, this is against the terms of service of oDesk. If they know you are doing this, they can close the account of the employer or the contractor without any further notice.
Also from the one case I know it really happened, it is a permanent ban from the oDesk’s services. You will never ever be able to join the service again.
Is that worth it? I doubt it.
Sure the employer would economize a small amount of money when they would not use the oDesk tracking system. However, using the time tracker in oDesk has other advantages.
The screenshots from the work of the assistants are very useful not only for supervision but also for feedback for the quality of work. This alone is well worth the additional cost of oDesk.
To answer the question, an employer could but he shouldn’t.