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TMCNet:  Freelancer.co.uk exposes the 50 fastest growing online job trends in Q4 2012

[January 29, 2013]

Freelancer.co.uk exposes the 50 fastest growing online job trends in Q4 2012

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) * Website Hosting tops the list as cloud computing takes off * Windows desktop apps take off after the release of Microsoft Windows 8; Apple AppFatigue sets in * Software and Website QA jobs soar as eCommerce sites rushed to fortify themselves for holiday season traffic * eBay jobs rise as the online marketplace reinvents itself * Social media and Internet Marketing jobs continue to fall out of favour in the wake of constant platform and search index changes.


London --Today Freelancer.co.uk released the Freelancer Fast 50 report for Q4 2012, tracking trends in the online jobs market.

The Freelancer Fast 50 report is a fairly unique leading indicator of the online economy, said Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.co.uk. As the largest outsourcing marketplace in the world with almost 7 million users and over 4 million jobs posted to date, the Freelancer Fast 50 report is uniquely placed to provide insights into ups and downs in the demand for skills, technologies, products and performance of companies through analysis of over one hundred thousand jobs per quarter being posted online, he continued.

Top trends from Q4 2012: Website Hosting jobs skyrocketed over 3300% (to 4,059 jobs) as more and more businesses move into the cloud, with most of these jobs involving moving established sites to the cloud, or sending new cloud-hosted sites live.

The standout performer was Amazon Web Services, which saw an increase of an incredible 466% this quarter (to 1,895 jobs) as the online retail juggernaut continues to dominate with its EC2 platform, expanding rapidly into new regions and deploying faster, new generation servers with improved storage capabilities.

Microsoft desktop apps take off after the release of Windows 8: Demand for Windows Desktop apps shot up 305% this quarter as Microsoft unveiled its new operating system (to 1,923 jobs), although volumes are still low compared to other architectures. MS Word and Powerpoint saw growth spurts of 211% (to 4578 jobs) and 309% (to 1,253 jobs) respectively.

Are we seeing Apple AppFatigue With a crowded marketplace of over 1 million apps now in the Apple App Store, developers for Apple mobile platforms are showing signs of app-fatigue. In Q4 Apple iOS jobs dropped for the first time since the Fast 50 report started being published; iPhone jobs dropped 3.8% (to 5,298 jobs) and those for the iPad fell 14% (to 2,036 jobs). This was reflected in Apples share price, which plummeted 20% over the quarter. Android on the other hand gained 7% (to 4,282 jobs) as shipments for the open platform well overtake those of Apple.

"This is a huge platform change, Googles Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, says of Androids widening lead over iOS. This is of the scale of 20 years ago Microsoft versus Apple. We're winning that pretty clearly now." Software and Website QA jobs soar as eCommerce sites rushed to fortify themselves for holiday season traffic: Q4 saw a spike in Software and Website Testing jobs as online retail rushed to get their sites ready and bug free for the peak selling season. Software Testing jumped 2500% (to 5,200 jobs) while Website Testing saw an equally astounding 2055% increase (to 3,923 jobs).

eBay jobs rise as the online marketplace reinvents itself. After 17 years in the online auction business the company rolled out a number of dramatic changes to its website and mobile application, including new branding. These changes, in combination with a pivot to a mobile-centric and small-business friendly focus, resulted in eBay jobs gaining 22% (to 1,790 jobs) for the quarter as it diversifies its auction house into an eCommerce marketplace and goes head-to-head with tech retail giant Amazon.

Social media and Internet Marketing jobs continue to fall out of favour in the wake of constant platform and search index changes: Despite the boom in Internet traffic, continual changes and negative reports have left advertisers confused whether using social networks as an advertising platform will pay off in the end. According to the New York times, only 14% of digital advertising budgets are currently allocated to social networking. That doubt was reflected in the online jobs market, where Social Networking projects declined 5.1% (to 5,820 jobs). Both Facebook (down 8.4% to 7,186 jobs) and Twitter (down 6.4% to 2,240 jobs) also felt the pinch. Internet Marketing in general was flat (down 1.4% to 15,244 jobs), while SEO is still reeling from the after effects of Googles Panda changes (down 3.3% to 10,159 jobs). Some marketers fell back to Email Marketing (up 186% to 1,003 jobs).

Freelancer Fast 50 for Q4 2012 Rank Job Category Q4 Q3 Increase 1 Web Hosting 4059 118 3340% 2 Software Testing 5200 196 2554% 3 Website Testing 3923 182 2055% 4 Website Management 4073 551 639% 5 Engineering 2477 408 507% 6 Amazon Web Services 1895 335 466% 7 Powerpoint 1253 306 309% 8 Windows Desktop 1923 475 305% 9 Word 4578 1474 211% 10 Email Marketing 1003 351 186% 11 Icon Design 1007 429 135% 12 Book Writing 1300 623 109% 13 Software Architecture 12127 5897 106% 14 Copy Typing 12897 6917 86% 15 PDF 2444 1375 78% 16 XML 1479 858 72% 17 Technical Writing 3495 2092 67% 18 Translation 3297 2100 57% 19 Linux 2185 1412 55% 20 Academic Writing 5403 3506 54% 21 SQL 1810 1308 38% 22 Accounting 1035 757 37% 23 Script Install 1947 1450 34% 24 C# Programming 2750 2103 31% 25 User Interface / IA 2777 2155 29% 26 Java 3277 2560 28% 27 MySQL 14024 11002 27% 28 CSS 9015 7098 27% 29 Web Scraping 3189 2511 27% 30 Research 2669 2111 26% 31 ASP 1500 1187 26% 32 HTML5 3827 3038 26% 33 3D Animation 1655 1328 25% 34 3D Modelling 1466 1187 24% 35 eBay 1790 1469 22% 36 Illustration 1555 1290 21% 37 Visual Basic 1630 1372 19% 38 jQuery / Prototype 3527 2972 19% 39 Android 4282 4002 7% 40 Internet Marketing 15244 15458 -1.4% 41 eCommerce 3862 3931 -1.8% 42 Link Building 6844 7066 -3.1% 43 SEO 10159 10505 -3.3% 44 Shopping Carts 2944 3059 -3.8% 45 iPhone 5298 5508 -3.8% 46 Social Networking 5820 6131 -5.1% 47 Twitter 2240 2392 -6.4% 48 Facebook 6581 7186 -8.4% 49 iPad 2036 2376 -14% 50 BPO 2946 4493 -34% This data was extracted from 261,003 jobs posted on Freelancer.co.uk in Q3 2012, up from 230,614 in Q2. The Freelancer.co.uk Fast 50 is the leading gauge of online hiring trends.

About Freelancer Freelancer.co.uk is the largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the world, and winner of three Webby awards. The site connects small businesses with almost 7 million independent professionals globally, specializing in fields as diverse as information technology, content development, marketing, engineering, and medicine. The average job is completed for under US$200, making Freelancer.co.uk extremely cost-effective for small businesses unable to justify the expense of hiring full time.

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