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Elance Online Work Index: February 2009 Hiring Trends

Elance is pleased to release its first installment of the “Elance Online Work Index”, a composite index based on job posts and skills data drawn from 100,000 jobs posted on Elance over recent months.

The Elance Online Work Index reveals that businesses are actively pursuing candidates who have design, computer programming, technical, online marketing, research, writing and administrative skills. Companies that are hiring online professionals to supplement existing staff are seeking expertise in Graphic Design, PHP, MySQL, Article Writing, HTML, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress, Photoshop, Flash, Search Engine Optimization and Blogs.

With shrinking budgets and growing work loads, marketing and IT departments are increasingly turning to online work as an alternative to hiring full-time. Online work allows businesses to connect with independent professionals to get their work done while maintaining flexibility. In February, companies posted 23,000 new jobs on Elance, building on the 250,000 jobs and $100m worth of online work posted on Elance in the last 12 months.

Notable hiring trends surfacing in February’s Elance Online Work Index include:

Technology

  • Companies and consultants are looking for and getting help building world-class websites, hiring experts in PHP (#2), MySQL (#3), HTML (#6), CSS (#8), XHTML (#17 - up ten spots), Joomla (#19) and AJAX (#25).
  • As businesses look for help driving revenue and collecting payments, PayPal (#41) integration skills have appeared on the list for the first time.

Marketing 

Administrative


While companies seek out workers with specialized skills, Elance empowers independent professionals to demonstrate their real-world expertise while differentiating themselves in the online labor market by getting tested in any of the more than 250 skills tests offered for free on Elance. More than 12,000 skills tests were taken in February, with popular tests including PHP5, Adobe Photoshop CS3, CSS 2.0, Microsoft Excel, and HTML 4.01.

“Businesses in this economy need to do more with less while still remaining competitive. As a result, the demand for freelance and contract work continues to grow. Data from Elance offers a snapshot of the skills and talents that will continue to be in high demand in the broader US and global economy.” said Steve King, partner at Emergent Research. “Companies now have direct access to a diverse and skilled talent pool that gives small and mid-sized companies the flexibility they need to stay efficient and competitive.” 

 

Elance Online Work Index: February 2009 Top 100

February
Rank

Skill Name

Trend from January

1

Graphic Design

0

2

PHP

0

3

MySQL

0

4

Logo Design

0

5

Article Writing

1

6

HTML

-1

7

Web Content

2

8

CSS

0

9

Illustrator

-2

10

WordPress

0

11

Photoshop

0

12

Flash

0

13

Blogs

5

14

Admin Assistant

-1

15

Search Engine Optimization

-1

16

Lead Generation

5

17

XHTML

10

18

Marketing Strategy

2

19

Joomla

7

20

Data Entry

-6

21

Online Writing

**

22

Research

-6

23

Web Services

5

24

Microsoft Excel

-1

25

AJAX

-4

26

eBooks

1

27

SALES

**

28

Javascript

-10

29

Market Research

2

30

English

**

31

Content Writing

-16

32

Business Writing

1

33

Academic Writing

6

34

SQL

16

35

Freelance Marketing

9

36

Typing

**

37

iPhone

-13

38

Advertising

-6

39

.NET

-2

40

Direct Marketing

1

41

Paypal

**

42

Copywriting

-20

43

Internet Marketing

-8

44

Social Networking

-14

45

Sales Writing

-16

46

Email Marketing

2

47

Animation

-11

48

Microsoft Word

**

49

Creative Writing

-11

50

Branding

20

51

XML

1

52

ASP.NET

-7

53

Google Adwords

-2

54

Java

13

55

Newsletters

5

56

InDesign

1

57

3d

5

58

Drupal

-11

59

Telephone Etiquette

**

60

SEM

1

61

SQL Server

11

62

Telephone Handling

16

63

Word Processing

**

64

Microsoft Visual Studio

-9

65

Proofreading

-31

66

Editing

-26

67

Press Release

2

68

Transcription

-10

69

osCommerce

-6

70

Facebook

-16

71

DHTML

27

72

Medical Writing

5

73

Ghostwriting

-30

74

ASP

-8

75

Grammar

**

76

Non-Fiction Writing

-30

77

Email Handling

-28

78

Time Management

**

79

Technical Writing

-23

80

Telemarketing

4

81

Microsoft Access

-16

82

General Office Skills

**

83

Custom Illustration

-9

84

User Guides

-2

85

Public Relations

-2

86

Linux

-18

87

Cartoon

-14

88

Video Editing

-7

89

Sales Letters

-36

90

Video Production

-26

91

Accounting

**

92

Word

-50

93

Office Live Web Design

-22

94

Objective-C

-18

95

Creative Suite

**

96

3ds Max

**

97

Windows

**

98

Customer Support

-23

99

Actionscript

-4

100

Ruby on Rails

**

** Denotes new entrant to Top 100

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Comments

This is some real research with the notable hiring trends.

May I just say PHP and MySQL are currently the most in demand programming languages on the planet?

Great job..may be, if you put this in the form of a graph/histogram it could be more clear! But certainly useful research!- Arun

Good job, Elance. That is very helpful information.

Andre
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Award-Winning Virtual Assistant Company

Interesting list... I've only used eLance for finding general content writers. I need to look into a few of these fields. Thanks

Good research, thanks. I am surprised that Magento is completely absent from the list, but based on a few quick searches here at Elance it should break into the top 100 soon.