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June Elance Online Work Index: Experts Crack The Code

The trends marked in this month’s Elance Online Work Index state it plain and simple: Right now, businesses are in need of people who can code, people who can design, and people who can write.

The June edition of the Elance Online Work Index marks a new shift in which skills are the critical components when it comes to maintaining success in today’s business world. Here’s what the tens of thousands of skilled experts are doing when working online:

Other notable movers and shakers include:

  • Drupal Dominates: Content management systems make a strong showing this month with WordPress (#8) cracking the top 10 and Joomla! (#18) in the top 20, but the biggest surprise is Drupal’s (#53) 22 position climb. Perhaps the White House’s use of the platform in its latest project, Recovery.org, has the CMS world buzzing.
  • Email Handling: No one we know covets the time spent wading through email trying to find the important from the mundane. Companies have discovered the benefits of hiring experts to handle email, with Email Handling jumping 24 slots to #60 of skills in demand.

The demand for online work is growing across a variety of skill sets as businesses face tighter budgets and growing workloads. Marketing and IT departments are hiring online as an alternative to hiring full-time. In May, companies posted more than 25,000 new jobs on Elance, building on the 250,000 jobs and $100m worth of online work posted on Elance in the last 12 months.

Take a quick look at the latest index below and see where your collection of professional skills rank. Are you in high demand, or do you need to brush up and learn a few new skills? What trends do you see this month and for the future? Give us your commentary by dropping us a line in the comments below.

 

Elance Online Work Index - June 2009

Rank

Skill

Change

Rank

Skill

Change

1

PHP

--

51

Ebooks

-10

2

Article Writing

+1

52

Non-Fiction Writing

+7

3

MySQL

-1

53

Drupal

+22

4

HTML

--

54

Java

--

5

CSS

+1

55

SEM

+5

6

Photoshop

+1

56

Transcription

+13

7

Web Content

+3

57

Facebook

--

8

WordPress

+5

58

Custom Illustration

-13

9

Flash

+3

59

Proofreading

+12

10

Content Writing

+11

60

Email Handling

+24

11

Illustrator

-2

61

ASP

-11

12

Graphic Design

-4

62

InDesign

-20

13

AJAX

+2

63

Telephone Etiquette

-24

14

Logo Design

--

64

Editing

-1

15

Admin Assistant

+1

65

Technical Writing

+23

16

Microsoft Office Excel

+1

66

SQL

-2

17

Online Writing

-12

67

Microsoft Office PowerPoint

+11

18

Joomla

+4

68

3d

+2

19

Microsoft Office Word

+6

69

Objective-C

+13

20

Javascript

+7

70

Microsoft Office Access

+3

21

Data Entry

+2

71

Sales Letters

-6

22

Research

+15

72

Actionscript

+24

23

Internet Marketing

+15

73

Press Release

**

24

Creative Writing

-4

74

Art Direction

+20

25

Email Marketing

-7

75

Linux

+8

26

iPhone

+4

76

Telephone Handling

**

27

SEO

+5

77

SQL Server

+4

28

Blogs

-9

78

Video Production

+14

29

XHTML

+2

79

Telemarketing

+8

30

Marketing Strategy

+3

80

Public Relations

+6

31

Lead Generation

-5

81

General Office Skills

-20

32

Business Writing

-4

82

Medical Writing

+15

33

Advertising

+3

83

Creative Suite

+7

34

Copywriting

-5

84

Video Editing

-8

35

.NET

--

85

osCommerce

-6

36

Sales

-25

86

Newsletters

-18

37

Academic Writing

+3

87

Freelance Marketing

-31

38

PayPal

-14

88

Dreamweaver

-16

39

Sales Writing

+8

89

Ruby on Rails

-27

40

Twitter

+8

90

LAMP

+8

41

Social Networking

+5

91

Outlook

**

42

Ghostwriting

+11

92

DHTML

-1

43

Direct Marketing

+12

93

Manufacturing Design

**

44

Animation

--

94

Cocoa

**

45

Market Research

+6

95

Cartoon

**

46

Google Adwords

+6

96

Customer Support

**

47

ASP.NET

-4

97

Word Processing

**

48

Web Services

-14

98

Legal Consulting

**

49

XML

+9

99

Cover Design

-6

50

Branding

-1

100

Report Writing

-11

** Denotes new entrant to Top 100

 

* The Elance Online Work Index is calculated using data from more than 100,000 new jobs posted on Elance over recent months. The Elance Online Work Index is a leading market indicator with respect to business and hiring trends.