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Freelancer.com Fast 50 Job Trends for Q4 2011 Shows the Technology Industry In Full Swing Print E-mail
Written by Freelancer.com   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
The boom in the technology industry sees an explosion in programming and data entry jobs. AdSense and content writing jobs pull back after surging in Q3

SYDNEY, Jan. 10, 2012  -- Freelancer.com, the world's largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace, today announced its 50 fastest growing online job categories for the last quarter of 2011.

The Freelancer.com Fast 50 charts the fastest moving job categories quarter by quarter, and provides an up-to-date account of jobs being done over the Internet.

Chief Executive, Matt Barrie, said, "As the largest outsourcing marketplace in the world with over 3 million freelancers and 1.3 million jobs posted to date, the Freelancer.com Fast 50 provides unparalleled and timely insights into online job trends, success and failure in the product marketplace and market share in application support for a range of companies, technologies and products."

134,820 jobs were posted in the fourth quarter, up from 114,000 jobs in Q3.

"Overall, online projects were up over 18% for the quarter. The sophistication and nature of jobs continues to amaze us as we see jobs outsourced in areas as diverse as Astrophysics, Genetic Engineering and Industrial Design," Barrie added.

TOP TRENDS FOR Q4 2011

  • AdSense jobs pull back after surging in Q3: Google's Panda Update decimated content writing jobs in Q2 2011, before recovering strongly in Q3 2011. These jobs have pulled back in Q4 2011 with Google AdSense jobs plummeting 21% (from 1,051 to 826), scoring the biggest fall of all jobs for the quarter. Google AdSense topped the leader board for risers in Q3 2011, having risen 76%. Other big risers from last quarter were flat or fell; Ghostwriting jobs down 21% to 3,382, Reviews up 9% to 2,251, Travel Writing down 47%.
  • Android takes off again in Q4. After a slow Q3, Android jobs rocketed up 33% (to 2,454) in Q4. Apple iPhone jobs grew 18% (to 3,682). By the end of 2012, Android should be close to overtaking the iPhone for the rate of development of new applications. Apple iPad jobs rose 22% (to 1,692). Blackberry jobs were flat, up 2%, but with volumes too low to register on the Fast 50. As reported before, Symbian and Windows phone applications do not even move the dial. Nokia was down 19% to insignificant numbers. Amazon Kindle was up 27% but again on insignificant volumes.
  • Data Entry jobs exploded in Q4 up 54% (from 10,146 to 15,651 jobs) topping the leader board as the technology industry and information services boom. We saw tremendous growth in these jobs as entrepreneurial startups hired freelance teams to conduct market research, competitive analysis and build a huge variety of information services. Similarly Microsoft Excel jobs were up 51% (to 7,056), Data Processing up 39% (to 6,705).
  • Programming jobs likewise exploded in Q4 2011 as the tech industry soared. Q4 2011 saw a strong increase in applications developed in C++ (up 38% to 2,214), Java (up 36% to 2,513), C (up 27% to 1,953), .NET (up 27% to 346) and C# (up 20% to 2,124), although PHP still dominates the web (up 13% to 28,872).
  • HTML5 continues to grow strongly, up 41% (to 1,585), trouncing Flash (up 6% to 2,955). As predicted last Fast 50, HTML5 will overtake Flash by mid-2012.
  • Cloud Computing Jobs are still way too low to register on the Fast 50, but it is interesting to note that Amazon Web Services Jobs were up 24% (to 314), Google App Engine is experiencing lacklustre interest (down 19% to 151), and no-one at all is interested in Microsoft Azure (down 32% to a paltry 13 jobs).
  • Other Winners & Losers: Facebook (up 29% to 7,947) and Social Networking (up 26% to 5,276) jobs continued to fly. Google+ jobs appeared for the first time, but were too low to register on the Fast 50 as yet (0 to 279). MySpace fell 35% and off the edge of the Earth.

FREELANCER FAST 50 (FASTEST MOVERS) FOR Q4 2011                                        

Rank

Category

Jobs in Q3

Jobs in Q4

Growth

1

Data Entry

10146

15651

54%

2

Excel

4673

7056

51%

3

Academic Writing

2723

3862

42%

4

Data Processing

4819

6705

39%

5

C++ Programming

1610

2214

38%

6

Java

1854

2513

36%

7

Web Search

1540

2053

33%

8

Android

1848

2454

33%

9

Facebook

6145

7947

29%

10

C Programming

1541

1953

27%

11

.NET

2732

3460

27%

12

Social Networking

4191

5276

26%

13

Article Rewriting

5394

6762

25%

14

Magento

1500

1818

21%

15

C# Programming

1764

2124

20%

16

iPhone

3108

3682

18%

17

Translation

1524

1787

17%

18

AJAX

3441

4010

17%

19

eCommerce

2889

3366

17%

20

Twitter

1521

1767

16%

21

Illustrator

1710

1970

15%

22

Shopping Carts

2144

2426

13%

23

Javascript

5539

6257

13%

24

PHP

25600

28872

13%

25

Wordpress

5020

5657

13%

26

Photoshop

4378

4931

13%

27

Leads

2670

3002

12%

28

Mobile Phone

3206

3601

12%

29

MySQL

7733

8645

12%

30

Blog

3533

3910

11%

31

CSS

4213

4651

10%

32

Marketing

5256

5795

10%

33

Copywriting

5441

5995

10%

34

HTML

18802

20649

10%

35

Graphic Design

17895

19571

9%

36

Logo Design

4779

5225

9%

37

Website Design

20407

22245

9%

38

Articles

11129

12128

9%

39

Reviews

2067

2251

9%

40

Internet Marketing

12273

13284

8%

41

Technical Writing

1799

1927

7%

42

SEO

9608

10242

7%

43

Software Architecture

3688

3913

6%

44

Sales

2972

3147

6%

45

Flash

2794

2955

6%

46

Bulk Marketing

2214

2335

5%

47

Link Building

6712

7068

5%

48

Advertising

4326

4516

4%

49

Joomla

3033

3100

2%

50

Google AdSense

1051

826

-21%

This data was extracted from 134,820 jobs posted on Freelancer.com in Q4 2011. The Freelancer.com Freelancer Fast 50 is the leading gauge of online hiring trends. The Fast 50 is calculated by looking at the fastest rising and falling job sectors on Freelancer.com where job volumes exceed 1,000 in either of the two quarters. In this quarter, only AdSense jobs were the only job category of scale to register a negative movement.

About Freelancer
Webby award winning Freelancer.com is the largest outsourcing marketplace in the world. Through Freelancer.com, businesses connect with over 3 million independent professionals from all over the world. Employers can hire freelancers 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.

http://www.freelancer.com 

SOURCE Freelancer.com

 


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