Global Online Employment Report - Q1 2013

Q1 Snapshot

Jobs Posted

300,000

Freelancer Earnings

$60,000,000

New Clients

110,000

New Freelancers

290,000

Jobs Posted

Cumulative Lifetime

Freelancer Earnings

Cumulative Lifetime

Online Work Trends

Jobs Posted

Quarterly Posts

Registered Users

Total Registered Clients and Freelancers

Freelancer Earnings by Category

Quarterly Earnings

Q1 Digest

Online Jobs Filled Quicker

The average time-to-hire on Elance is only 3.3 days, compared to 23 business days for traditional employment. Faster hiring online reflects improvements in matching technology on the Elance platform and the inherent efficiency of the online hiring process: hiring managers are able to view a candidate’s previous work history and initiate interviews in minutes.

STEM Skills Soar Online

Freelancers with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skill sets have increased 153% year-over-year. Windows Azure (+248%), Amazon Web Services (+38%), iOS (+97%) and Android (+71%) job posts surged in the past year, while HTML5 (+72%), Python (+132%) and C# (+117%) all saw an increase in job posts as well.

Admins Thrive in the Cloud

Demand for virtual assistants is up 85% and skills like online research (+78%) and customer service (+52%) have surged in the past year. Today’s admins use cloud productivity tools in addition to mastering traditional skills like researching data, creating presentations, writing supplier letters, culling social media content, responding to emails and managing calendars for their clients.

Video Needs Driving Demand

Businesses are creating more videos to engage with customers and enhance the customer experience. YouTube commercials, introduction videos, product tours and instructional videos are easier to consume on mobile devices and more effective than lines of copy. This is driving demand for video production and editing (+80%) and photography (+73%).

Hiring Trends

Skills in Demand

Percentage of Jobs Posted by Category
Top Skills in Demand (YoY Growth)
Creative
Writing and Editing (+104%)
Infographics (+81%)
Video Production (+80%)
Photography (+73%)
Marketing
Twitter (+235%)
Social Media Marketing (+77%)
SEM (+57%)
Lead Generation (+48%)
IT & Programming
Windows Azure (+248%)
HTML5 (+72%)
Android (+71%)
Amazon Web Services (+38%)
Operations
Virtual Assistants (+85%)
Online Research (+78%)
Legal Research (+68%)
Customer Service (+52%)


Countries Hiring

YoY Payment Growth in Top 25 Hiring Countries
50% +
25% - 50%
< 25%
Top 10 Hiring Countries
1.United States
2.Australia
3.United Kingdom
4.Canada
5.United Arab Emirates
6.Germany
7.Singapore
8.Netherlands
9.Israel
10.Switzerland

Freelancing Trends

Freelancers Hired

YoY Earnings Growth in Top 25 Freelancer Countries
50% +
25% - 50%
< 25%
Top 10 Freelancer Countries
1.United States
2.India
3.Pakistan
4.Ukraine
5.United Kingdom
6.Russia
7.Canada
8.Romania
9.Philippines
10.China

Spotlight on United States

YoY Earnings Growth by State
50% +
25% - 50%
< 25%
Fastest Growing States
(% Earnings Growth YoY)
Nebraska+224%
Hawaii+155%
Oklahoma+91%
Connecticut+89%
Wisconsin+86%