18 January 2021
Online staffing platform Freelancer.com reported the number of jobs on its platform rose 17% in 2020 to 2.1 million jobs compared to 2019 with 1.8 million, with the increase coming amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Sydney-based company reported the job category with the fastest growth in demand was for those with skills in the open-source UI toolkit Flutter.
Freelancer.com operates six global offices: in San Francisco, London, Vancouver, Manila and Buenos Aires. The company employs 500+ people globally.
CEO Matt Barrie said the freelance online job market continues to flourish despite the global challenges.
“Towards the very end of Q1 2020 was the start of a deluge of demand and in Q2 to Q4 2020, the number of users that joined our platform, including freelancers and employers looking for freelancers, surged enormously,” Barrie said.
Covid-19 fueled increased growth in freelancing, but Barrie said growth was also spurred by individuals with a strong desire to start their own freelance enterprises.
“These are promising times and positive signs for the gig economy,” Barrie said.
Looking at the fastest-growing jobs for 2020, Freelancer.com noted eight of the 10 fastest-growing were in app development and website development.
Top of the list was Flutter, an open-source user interface software development kit released by Google. Developers use Flutter to develop applications for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Google Fuchsia and the web from a single codebase.
Other coding languages in demand included Firebase, Wix, RESTful API and Typescript.
Freelancer.com listed the fastest-increasing jobs on its platform for the full-year 2020 compared to 2019:
|Name|| Job Count
| Job Count
|% Increase / Decrease|
|2||Google Firebase||1,908||5,365||181.18 %|
|4||Data Analysis||1,619||3,500||116.18 %|
|5||RESTful API||1,579||3,362||112.92 %|
|7||Full Stack Development||1,957||3,889||98.72 %|
|9||iOS Development||5,075||9,484||86.88 %|
|11||Aws Lambda||1,000||1,798||79.80 %|
|13||Web API||1,350||2,354||74.37 %|
|17||React Native||6,824||11,560||69.40 %|
|19||360-degree video||1,047||1,747||66.86 %|
|20||Computer Science||2,248||3,729||65.88 %|
|25||Chemical Engineering||2,184||3,530||61.63 %|