Software grows its share of hot freelance jobs

Almost half of the 10 fastest growing internet jobs for freelancers reside on the technical side of the market, thanks to a range of industries and roles increasingly seeing the sense in software.

Having posted 230, 614 jobs between July and September, Freelancer.com ranked HTML 5, jQuery, User Interface and PHP as second, fourth, seventh and tenth, respectively, in the growth stakes.

Even outside the top 10, growth in technical job postings ranged from 16 to 18%, achieved by CSS (ranked 11th), MySQL (12th), Website Design (14th), Android (15th), HTML (16th), Magento(18th) and Software Architecture (19th).

“This report truly reflects Mary Meeker’s thesis that through software and internet we’re experiencing the ‘reimagination of everything,” said the website’s chief executive Matt Barrie.

“Every industry we can think of is quite abruptly turning into a software business, and every job function is increasingly being performed using software tools in the cloud.”

Apple seems to have emerged as the exception, however. While iPhone jobs (5,509) still outnumber those for Android (4,795), the Google product notched up 16% as a provider of work, compared with just 8% growth from Apple’s iOS.

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