As the gig economy continues to boom, so does the number of companies worldwide that rely on freelancers to build their business, according to a Tuesday report from Freelancer.com.
The website analyzed more than 530,000 jobs posted to the site during Q2 2018 to determine job trends and freelancer demand. Web development roles dominated the online labor market in Q2, the analysis found: The number of these positions soared in 2018, and remain on top of the list of fastest-growing jobs for the freelancing market.
"The Gig economy has clearly grown in the past decade," Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie said in a press release. "This is proven when we see that lawyers, engineers and other highly skilled professionals are not only hiring freelancers, but themselves becoming one."
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Here are the three tech skills that topped the list of fastest-growing jobs in the gig economy:
1. Active Server Pages (ASP)
Jobs listed on Freelancer in Q1 2018: 1,187
Jobs listed on Freelancer in Q2 2018: 1,838
ASP is an older technology that allows web developers to create more dynamic and interactive websites, and is usually run on the Microsoft web server, according to the report. These jobs appear to be making a comeback, dominating the list of fastest-growing gig economy jobs with an increase of 55% between Q1 and Q2 2018.
Jobs listed on Freelancer in Q1 2018: 1,400
Jobs listed on Freelancer in Q2 2018:1,756
3. Extensible Markup Language (XML)
Jobs listed on Freelancer in Q1 2018: 1,865
Jobs listed on Freelancer in Q2 2018: 2,308
Companies are hiring freelancers with XML skills over those with HTML skills, the report found. XML works by improving the functionality of the web by letting developers identify information in a more accurate, flexible, and adaptable way, it noted.
In terms of other in-demand skills, positions associated with engineering also saw an increase in Q2, according to the report. Mechanical engineering and electrical engineering made it to the top 50 jobs on the list, demonstrating that businesses are increasingly looking to freelancers to fill these talent gaps as well.
Database programming, game design, node.js, and blockchain skills also made it on the list of in-demand freelance positions.
The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- ASP, React.js, and XML are the fastest-growing freelance skills sought after by companies. — Freelancer.com, 2018
- Engineering, database programming, and node.js also made the list of fastest-growing skills in the gig economy. — Freelancer.com, 2018
- The gig economy: An insider's guide (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
- Won't get fooled again: Gig economy second wave begins to break (ZDNet)
- Here are the 20 most in-demand skills for freelance workers (TechRepublic)
- Cheat sheet: How to become a data scientist (TechRepublic)
- Drivers lose out in gig economy (CNET)
- The 5 factors driving workers away from the gig economy (TechRepublic)
Alison DeNisco Rayome has nothing to disclose. She does not hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.