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Online Employment Report: Businesses Hiring in the Cloud Defy Employment Trends

With jobs being the topic of discussion throughout Europe and the United States, President Obama has hit the road to rally support for his jobs creation bill. However, our new Online Employment Report shows that more work is already moving to the cloud across all industries.

In contrast to sluggish hiring in the traditional employment market, the number of businesses hiring online workers jumped 107% and Elancers earned 51% more in the last year, with a record $38 million earned in Q3 2011. To view the entire report, please visit the Online Employment Report here.

Some of the notable hiring trends we saw this past quarter include:

Engineers Building Momentum
Businesses need engineering expertise across nearly every discipline today and demand for engineers is growing on Elance: Chemical Engineering (+155%), Network Engineering (+45%), Civil Engineering (+36%), Electrical Engineering (+28%) and Mechanical Engineering (+13%). CAD skills also saw greater demand: AutoCAD (+32%), ArchiCAD (+60%) and Rhino CAD (+7%).

More Compliance
Demand for legal professionals, with lawyers specializing in Tax Law (+69%), International Law (+27%) and Employment Law (+13%) all saw significant increases during Q3 2011.

Customer Service Excellence
Customer service agents and virtual assistants on Elance have earned 58% more than last year in Q3.

Mainstream 3D
Demand for experts with 3D multimedia skills saw a sharp increase this quarter, with 3D Studio Max up 61%, 3D Modeling up 28% and 3D up 13%, as businesses seek another dimension for creative and visual storytelling. Similarly, demand for video skills such as After Effects rose 24%, Videography went up by 33%, Final Cut Pro saw a 26% increase and demand for Video Editing went up 21%.

Mobile Still Hot
Businesses fueled a 32% increase in demand for iOS skills, spiking a 25% growth in demand for those with iPad-specific skills. Android has extended its market share lead and saw a 14% surge in demand.

Managing Customer Relationships
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European Expansion
While the United States maintained the top position for hiring online workers on Elance, Europe now boasts four of the top ten countries: United Kingdom (#3), Germany (#7), Netherlands (#8) and Switzerland (#9).

For more highlights, detailed figures on job growth and revenue earnings, and a geographical breakdown of the hottest cities and countries for online employment, be sure to check out the full Elance Online Employment Report.


Kind of a misleading headline, don't you think? I was hoping for a list of the top 100 skills.

Hi Marty,

The top 100 skills are indeed found in the referenced Online Employment Report: