World – Freelancer.com reports jobs on platform rise by 17% in 2020 – Staffing Industry Analysts

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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
2019
Job Count
2020
% Increase / Decrease
1 Flutter        2,136        8,971 319.99 %
2 Google Firebase        1,908        5,365 181.18 %
3 Wix        1,011        2,320 129.48 %
4 Data Analysis        1,619        3,500 116.18 %
5 RESTful API        1,579        3,362 112.92 %
6 Physics        1,529        3,138 105.23 %
7 Full Stack Development        1,957        3,889 98.72 %
8 Typescript        1,267        2,428 91.63 %
9 iOS Development        5,075        9,484 86.88 %
10 API        4,177        7,705 84.46 %
11 Aws Lambda        1,000        1,798 79.80 %
12 Kotlin        1,430        2,550 78.32 %
13 Web API        1,350        2,354 74.37 %
14 Word       21,131       36,808 74.19 %
15 PDF       16,028       27,811 73.52 %
16 React.js       12,237       20,791 69.90 %
17 React Native        6,824       11,560 69.40 %
18 Docker        1,664        2,789 67.61 %
19 360-degree video        1,047        1,747 66.86 %
20 Computer Science        2,248        3,729 65.88 %
21 MongoDB        2,348        3,886 65.50 %
22 Vue.js        3,692        6,087 64.87 %
23 Mathematics       11,047       18,211 64.85 %
24 Metatrader        5,614        9,253 64.82 %
25 Chemical Engineering        2,184        3,530 61.63 %

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