Online Contingent Work to Double Again in 2012: Elance
An analysis of the more than 650,000 jobs highlights skills in demand-including online software development skills such as HTML5.Despite a stagnant employment market in 2011, online hiring has grown at a record pace, up more than 100 percent from 2010. Elance, a platform for online workers and employers, released its "2011 Online Employment Review," which reveals that the future of work will be contingent, global and online. As more companies seek instant access to talent and greater flexibility to run their businesses, individuals are taking control of their future by building careers as independent professionals, the report concluded. Online work thrived this year with 650,000 new jobs posted, and cumulative earnings set to surpass $500 million. The number of businesses hiring on Elance and the number of online professionals working on Elance grew more than 120 percent. Earnings for online professionals rose in more than 100 countries around the world. In the U.S., earnings rose in 43 out of 50 states, including some of the regions hardest-hit by unemployment such as Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina.
The number of businesses seeking to hire online workers doubled in 2011. An analysis of the more than 650,000 jobs posted on Elance this year highlights skills in demand, including online software development skills such as HTML5 (+238 percent), mobile (+137 percent), WordPress (+100 percent), Facebook (+66 percent) and Twitter (+47 percent); creative skills like graphic design (+176 percent) and content writing (+72 percent); and marketing skills such as Internet marketing (+132 percent), marketing communications (+53 percent) and telemarketing (52 percent).