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Freelancer.com Reveals 50 Fastest Growing Online Jobs in Q3 2011 Post Panda, Content and Adsense is back; Social Networking and Marketing-specific projects dominate; HTML5 increases at Flash's expense; Are Mobile Apps fizzing?; and Is Java dying?

SYDNEY, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Freelancer.com, the world's largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace, today announced its 50 fastest growing outsourcing jobs for the third quarter.

The Freelancer.com Fast 50 charts the top job categories in the world quarter by quarter, and provides an up-to-date account of job trends in online.

Chief Executive, Matt Barrie, said, "The Fast 50 is a sophisticated indicator of the global online economy. These quarterly reports reflect the fortunes of companies such as Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google, and we can dig deeper, beyond companies, to identify trends in the ascendancy and those in decline."

Almost 114,000 jobs were posted in the third quarter, up from 104,000 in the previous quarter.

"Projects are up nearly 10% compared to the second quarter. The diversity of the project categories represented, and quality of work delivered, continues to improve in leaps and bounds," Barrie added.

TOP TRENDS FOR Q3 2011

  • Post Panda, content is back; Adsense booms: Google's Panda Update decimated content writing jobs across the board last quarter. Now a recovery is in full swing and Ghostwriting (up 22%), Blogs (up 17%) and Reviews (up 16%) are leading the way. Product Description and Adsense projects increased by 43% and 76% respectively. Adsense projects had the largest increase and topped the Fast 50 this quarter.

  • Latest Facebook changes to intensify battle for social networking supremacy with Google+. Both Facebook and Social networking projects were up 32% and 36% respectively, before Mark Zuckerberg revealed Facebook's latest innovations at its annual f8 Conference last month. New changes, such as Timeline and Facebook's integration with Spotify, Hulu, Netflix and online newspapers have significant ramifications, with many observers believing the central motivation for these changes is advertising, possibly ahead of an IPO in 2012. It also intensifies the battle for supremacy with Google+, whose recent changes pale by comparison, prompting prominent tech blogger Robert Scoble to claim, "If Google fails with Google+ the entire company fails."

  • HTML5 likely to overtake Flash in 6 months? HTML5 projects are up whopping 38% (to 1125 projects), while Flash declined 10% (to 2794 jobs). At this rate, HTML5 will overtake Flash projects in 6 months. Adobe is planning for a post-Flash future, with the company recently launched Edge, which enables professionals to design animated Web content using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, rather than Flash.

  • 3D Modelling, Rendering and Animation grew strongly amid demand from the entertainment and high-tech digital media industries. Collectively, 3D jobs increased from 1446 to 2376 (up 64%), the second largest gain in the Fast 50, on the strength of high demand for modellers in virtually all industries. Animation jobs separately grew from 779 to 1030 (up 32%), placing 7th overall. Freelancer.com is seeing increased work for 3D modellers across numbers fields including entertainment, gaming, medical, architecture, engineering, chemistry and geology.

  • Magento projects surge 13%, following on from its buyout by eBay in June. This spells bad news for competitors such as OSCommerce, Zen cart and Shopify, which fell 7%, 29% and a whopping 52% respectively and were well outside the Fast 50.

  • Mobile apps start to fizz with the rate of growth of Android more than halving. After posting 20% growth last quarter, Android grew just 8% this quarter (to 1848 jobs), but still doubled the growth rate iPhone projects (up 3% to 3110 jobs- down from 9% growth in Q2). Recently there has been some backlash in the hacker community over whether the complexity, hassle and walled garden of native mobile applications makes sense versus supporting a straight out web application - especially with HTML5 coming. We previously estimated that Android will overtake the iPhone by Q4 2012, and remain confident of this, despite this quarter's slowdown. Meanwhile, Blackberry and Symbian jobs were both down by 6% each, continuing their steady decline from the previous quarter. Blackberry's woes are no surprise, with recent external data from comScore confirming that its smartphone sales dropped from 24.7% to 19.7%, while rumors abound that the company's foray into the tablet market is set to end due to non-existent public interest. We have certainly seen a complete disinterest in Blackberry Playbook projects on Freelancer.com. comScore reported recently that the number of Android phones in use grew by nearly the same amount that Symbian phones declined, 44%. We see a similar ratio with Android (up 8%) and Symbian apps (down 6%). It has prompted many to label Android the Symbian killer, although Nokia seems to be doing a pretty good job by itself.

  • Other Winners & Losers: Jobs related to Apple products continue to rise, with Cocoa jobs up 55% (to 743, 3rd overall) and Objective C up 23% (to 1035 jobs, 11th).  Microsoft continued with its terminal decline across the board (.NET, Windows Mobile, Exchange, Access, Server and Expression). Java jobs fell 13% (to 1857 projects), questioning whether Java is falling out of favor compared to the lingua franca of websites, PHP (a behemoth 25,639 jobs, up 3.3%).

FREELANCER FAST 50 (FASTEST MOVERS)


Rank

Category

Jobs in Q2

Jobs in Q3

Growth

1

Google Adsense

598

1052

76%

2

3D

1446

2376

64%

3

Cocoa

480

743

55%

4

Product Descriptions

715

1022

43%

5

HTML5

813

1125

38%

6

Social Networking

3080

4193

36%

7

Animation

779

1030

32%

8

Facebook

4660

6149

32%

9

CSS

3200

4220

32%

10

Web Scraping

774

988

28%

11

Objective C

839

1035

23%

12

BPO

813

996

22%

13

Ghostwriting

2824

3453

22%

14

YouTube

717

870

21%

15

eBooks

535

641

20%

16

eBay

782

935

19%

17

jQuery / Prototype

1230

1457

18%

18

Twitter

1287

1523

18%

19

SEO

8171

9627

18%

20

Excel

3984

4683

17%

21

Wordpress

4288

5026

17%

22

Blog

3021

3540

17%

23

Reviews

1775

2073

17%

24

Link Building

5769

6727

17%

25

Magento

1322

1500

13%

26

ActionScript

740

716

-3%

27

Bulk Marketing

2295

2220

-3%

28

MySQL

8018

7744

-3%

29

Logo Design

4955

4783

-3%

30

XML

801

769

-4%

31

.NET

2852

2737

-4%

32

Drupal

694

664

-4%

33

Visual Basic

981

932

-5%

34

C++ Programming

1703

1612

-5%

35

ASP

1145

1082

-5%

36

Classifieds Posting

1027

964

-6%

37

Leads

2854

2673

-6%

38

AJAX

3746

3448

-8%

39

Academic Writing

2970

2725

-8%

40

Proofreading

1274

1146

-10%

41

Flash

3109

2794

-10%

42

Editing

1026

921

-10%

43

Script Install

1456

1282

-12%

44

PSD to HTML

1646

1444

-12%

45

Report Writing

1096

954

-13%

46

Illustration

1150

1000

-13%

47

Java

2143

1857

-13%

48

CMS

709

613

-13%

49

User Interface / IA

1162

997

-14%

50

Banner Design

1677

1394

-17%




This data was extracted from 114,455 jobs posted on Freelancer.com in Q3 2011. The Freelancer.com Freelancer Fast 50 is the leading gauge of online hiring trends.

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