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September Elance Work Index: Back To School? Back To Work!

September is here, and for many that means kids back in school, days getting shorter and vacations in the rear view mirror. In other words, time to get back to work, or better yet, time to get some help getting your work done.

This month’s Elance Work Index, the Web’s leading indicator on contract hiring trends, provides insight into the minds of business managers everywhere as they look to accelerate their businesses and enter the coming decade with wind in their sails.

Notable trends from this month’s Index include:
 

  • Increase Your Attendance. Why pay for visitors when they can find you? Article Writing, Content Writing and Search Engine Optimization are all popping this month as companies strive for that elusive “Page 1” placement in search results. And with new entrant Social Media Marketing entering the conversation, well, you might agree we can see an emerging trend here.
     
  • “C’s” Are Above Average. According to new stats from BlackDuck, C is the first programming language to exceed 1 billion lines of code. No surprise that C and its cousins C++ and C# have vaulted into the Index joining the juggernauts that are Java and JavaScript. We give C an A+.
     
  • Messaging 101. Business pundits everywhere implore that downturns are the times to double-down and reinvent one’s self. Branding expertise is suddenly hot, as well as Custom Illustration, Public Relations and Copywriting as companies revisit the way they present themselves to the market.
     
  • PHP - Top Of The Class. Not happy with losing its top position from last month, PHP programming returned to its #1 position as the most sought after skill online. Others on the honor roll include Adobe Flash, CSS, and Microsoft Office Excel, as each ascends higher in the Top 10.
     

The Elance Work Index ranks the Top 100 skills in today’s online labor market. Derived from data from more than 100,000 jobs posted on Elance in recent months, the Elance Work Index is a leading market indicator for online work tracking the hiring trends of the 60,000-plus companies that actively hire contractors on Elance to get work done.

To view past months’ Elance Work Index data, view the Elance Work Index tag here.

 

 

Elance Work Index - September 2009

Rank

Skill In Demand

Change

Rank

Skill In Demand

Change

1

PHP

+1

51

Market Research

-5

2

Graphic Design

-1

52

Academic Writing

0

3

Flash

+1

53

Animation

+3

4

Article Writing

+2

54

Branding

+25

5

MySQL

-2

55

Google AdSense

+13

6

HTML

-1

56

Database

**

7

CSS

+2

57

SQL

-13

8

Microsoft Office Excel

+7

58

Social Networking

-13

9

Content Writing

+5

59

Proofreading

-21

10

WordPress

+1

60

Java

-10

11

Javascript

+7

61

Facebook

+2

12

Photoshop

+5

62

Technical Writing

+12

13

Logo Design

-3

63

Grammar

-9

14

Web Content

-2

64

C

**

15

Social Media Marketing

**

65

ActionScript

30

16

Illustrator

-3

66

JQuery

**

17

Search Engine Optimization

+18

67

C++

**

18

Creative Writing

+4

68

3d

-3

19

Copywriting

+8

69

General Office Skills

-18

20

Internet Marketing

-13

70

Telemarketing

-15

21

Web Design

**

71

RSS

+5

22

Joomla!

-13

72

PayPal

-11

23

AJAX

+3

73

Microsoft Office Word

+8

24

Google Website Optimizer

+8

74

Non-Fiction Writing

-2

25

Advertising

+5

75

Google Adwords

17

26

Research

-5

76

Cover Design

**

27

Marketing Strategy

+7

77

Transcription

0

28

Data Entry

-9

78

Video Editing

-25

29

.NET

-3

79

Cartoon

-12

30

Business Writing

-2

80

Voice Over

17

31

Admin Assistant

-15

81

Voice Talent

**

32

Lead Generation

-10

82

InDesign

-22

33

Blogs

-9

83

User Guides

**

34

iPhone

+3

84

Office Admin

-22

35

Online Writing

-5

85

Linux

-27

36

Sales Writing

+7

86

Design

**

37

XHTML

-2

87

Public Relations

**

38

Email Marketing

+2

88

C#

**

39

Ghostwriting

+2

89

Feature Writing

**

40

Sales

-17

90

SEM

-15

41

Editing

-7

91

SQL Server

-21

42

Ebooks

-3

92

Python

**

43

Web Services

+4

93

Email Handling

-44

44

Direct Marketing

+4

94

ASP

-12

45

Drupal

+12

95

Spanish Translation

**

46

XML

+20

96

Sales Letters

-6

47

ASP.NET

-5

97

Video Production

-19

48

Adobe Flex

+11

98

Fashion Design

**

49

Custom Illustration

+34

99

Freelance Marketing

-14

50

Word Processing

-18

100

Medical Writing

-37

** Denotes new entrant to Top 100



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