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Freelancer.com Brings You the Fastest Moving Online Jobs for Q2 With the Freelancer Fast 50
Jul 08, 2011 (01:07 PM EDT)


Android jobs on pace to eclipse iPhone work by end of 2012; HTML5 shows impressive growth as the fastest growing job category; BlackBerry outlook negative despite launch of PlayBook; Microsoft continues steady decline

SYDNEY, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Freelancer.com, the world's largest outsourcing marketplace for small business, announced today their findings on the fastest growing online outsourcing jobs of the second quarter with the release of the Freelancer Fast 50.

The Freelancer Fast 50 charts the top 50 fastest moving job categories in the online labor market and is the leading indicator of the global online economy. This quarter, 109,733 jobs were accounted for in the survey providing a unique insight into small business and developer interest.

"Online work continues to boom and we've set the pace for an explosive year," said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive of Freelancer.com. "We had an absolutely amazing Q1 as more and more people kicked off the new-year by building new businesses or bettering their current business using online freelancers," he continued.

This edition of the Freelancer Fast 50 marks the first time the company has published the actual figures behind the percentage increases or decreases. This level of transparency allows both freelancers and industry experts to have a more in depth view of the online job picture.

"Our data allows us to see changes in the world of online work and provides the ability to predict upcoming trends. We have a unique insight into many of the large tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook," he concluded.

TOP THREE TRENDS OF THE FREELANCER FAST 50 Q2 2011

Android on pace to eclipse Apple by end of 2012

The most noticeable digital labor shift this quarter was, that despite solid growth in iPhone jobs (they are up 9% from 2739 to 2985), Android work continues to outpace Apple. Android jobs are up a solid 20% going from 1419 to 1702 jobs, placing Android in the top five absolute movers in the Freelancer Fast 50. If Android work continues at this growth rate, it will surpass the iPhone category by the end of 2012. On the whole the market for mobile jobs is very strong, the Mobile Phone category having risen by 12%.

HTML5 is a monster

This quarter again marks a massive gain for HTML5 work. Going from 604 projects in Q1 to 807 in Q2. The 34% increase places HTML5 firmly at the top of the Freelancer Fast 50 poised to be a job-generating leader for the foreseeable future. This news comes fresh off the recent Arcade Fire win at Cannes with their HTML5 video for The Wilderness Downtown.

The rise of HTML5 has reinforced the downfall of Flash, once the powerhouse of online work. Flash work dropped 10% to 3095 jobs posted this quarter however it is yet to be determined what impact Google Swiffy will have on Flash projects. Only time will tell.

Black-buried?

While the mobile job market on the whole is booming, weak BlackBerry job figures countered this trend. BlackBerry jobs fell by 6% from 526 to 497 jobs, despite the recent venture into the tablet domain. Launched on April 19, 2011, the PlayBook was one of the most anticipated mobile computing products of 2011 and intended to be BlackBerry's answer to the iPad. Despite initially strong sales figures, recent data shows that the device is suffering. While BlackBerry's 'App World' has been live since 2009 and boasts over 37,000 apps, public interest is bordering on non-existent. The Freelancer Fast 50 data is consistent with the Canadian manufacturer, Research in Motion's recent decision to lay off staff anticipating weak profits for Q2. Having held first place with 35 percent of the market (according to comScore data) in October last year, BlackBerry has now been bumped down to third place with 25 percent in April 2011 and it looks like the worst is yet to come.

WINNERS & LOSERS

Microsoft jobs numbers were again abysmal this quarter, with Windows CE (-42%), Windows Desktop (-30%) and Windows Mobile (-16%) jobs figures so low, they did not qualify for inclusion in the Freelancer Fast 50. .Net did however make it into the list, plummeting 7% down to 2850 jobs posted while ASP remained stagnant at 1132 jobs posted in both Q1 and Q2.

Telemarketing, the job that is traditionally associated with outsourcing suffered a massive drop, going from 1169 jobs to 933, a drop of 20%. This demonstrates that as technology changes so does the way companies market their products.

To this end, Facebook fan page development showed consistent growth going from 4297 to 4622 jobs, a jump of 8%. This growth will continue as companies look to supplement their traditional websites with extensive social media in an attempt to engage consumers.

The big news from last quarter was that Google Panda had put a severe dent in writing categories, most noticeably article submission, copywriting and ghostwriting projects. These categories have continued to decline (albeit at a slower rate) however academic writing rose by 14% this quarter and report writing enjoyed a 6% jump.

In light of eBay's mid March funding and then June 6th acquisition of Magento, it is no surprise that this endorsement has given the popular eCommerce platform a major boost. Magento went from 1153 jobs in Q1 to 1301 in Q2, an increase of 13%. This is particularly interesting in light of the fact that job numbers for competitor Volusion are so low it renders them statistically irrelevant.


THE FREELANCER FAST 50 (FASTEST MOVERS)

Category

Q1 2011

Q2 2011

Percentage
Change

HTML5

604

807

34%

Google Adsense

457

582

27%

Android

1419

1702

20%

Academic Writing

2603

2957

14%

jQuery / Prototype

1065

1206

13%

Magento

1153

1301

13%

YouTube

631

711

13%

Social Networking

2716

3060

13%

Mobile Phone

2560

2877

12%

Drupal

613

688

12%

iPad

1174

1305

11%

Article Submission

887

983

11%

Advertising

3740

4134

11%

Virtual Assistant

1054

1162

10%

Leads

2578

2839

10%

Web Search

1219

1339

10%

Objective C

766

835

9%

iPhone

2739

2985

9%

Editing

946

1019

8%

Facebook

4297

4622

8%

HTML

15915

17079

7%

eBooks

493

528

7%

Wordpress

3967

4248

7%

eCommerce

2584

2757

7%

Report Writing

1031

1096

6%

PSD to HTML

1540

1632

6%

Bulk Marketing

2163

2289

6%

AJAX

3984

3727

-6%

Product Descriptions

752

704

-6%

Articles

11231

10534

-6%

Animation

821

771

-6%

Sales

3010

2829

-6%

Technical Writing

1739

1640

-6%

BlackBerry

526

497

-6%

.NET

3068

2850

-7%

Copywriting

5482

5107

-7%

Data Entry

9934

9103

-8%

Blog

3307

3005

-9%

Linux

1177

1070

-9%

Flash

3398

3056

-10%

XML

871

787

-10%

Visual Basic

1096

970

-11%

CMS

797

707

-11%

System Admin

599

533

-11%

Article Rewriting

5440

4846

-11%

C Programming

1733

1501

-13%

OSCommerce

683

582

-15%

Copy Typing

655

559

-15%

Telemarketing

1169

933

-20%

Script Install

1963

1454

-26%




This data was extracted from 109,733 jobs posted on Freelancer.com in Q2 2011. The Freelancer.com Freelancer Fast 50 is the leading gauge of online hiring trends.

About Freelancer

Webby award winning Freelancer.com is the largest outsourcing marketplace in the world. Through Freelancer.com, businesses connect with independent service providers and freelancers. Freelancer.com connects over 2.6 million professionals from all over the world. Through our website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the sciences, sales & marketing and accounting & legal services. The average job is under US$200, making Freelancer.com extremely cost effective for small businesses, which often need a wide variety of jobs to be done, but cannot justify the expense of hiring full time.

SOURCE Freelancer.com