It’s increasingly common that we are flying solo on the job market and trying to carve out a career as a freelancer rather than a salaried employee. Indeed, I’ve seen stats suggesting that one in three Americans is now working in this way. It represents a pretty remarkable shift in employment over the last decade or so, and with the rise in sharing economy platforms, this shift is likely to continue.
Freelancer.com are one of the largest platforms for connecting up freelancers with organisations looking for skilled labour, and they’ve recently produced an infographic that highlights both how the market is changing, but also some of the hot jobs in the freelancing world right now.
Interestingly, their data suggests that the vast majority of users of the site are from the Millennial generation. They suggest that an impressive 74 percent of freelancers on their site are aged between 18 and 34.
So what are the hot fields?
Technical fields are showing very strong growth, with roles in civil engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering and CAD/CAM design showing very strong growth. This has been mirrored in a growth in areas such as furniture design, interior design and home design.
Of course, the core of the freelance market remains in creative and softer skilled fields, with the site revealing strong growth in accounting and recruiting, alongside more traditionally strong markets such as creative design and creative writing.
Over 14 million people are currently using Freelancer.com to find work, and it’s impressive just how many skills and services are offered via the site. It includes everything from Excel spreadsheet services to grant writing, from business coaching all the way to translation services.
Despite the range of skills, there are clearly some that are proving more popular than others. Whilst the creative industries have always been strong on freelance job sites, and indeed the infographic itself was created by one of the freelancer.com users, it’s pleasing to see things branching out into more mature industries such as engineering.
It should be said of course that the graphic does not show absolute numbers, merely their growth, so it isn’t clear just how many engineering or architecture jobs are sealed via the site. Nevertheless, it is promising to see growth, regardless of the base that growth is eminating from.
Do you use a freelance job platform yourself? What kind of skills are you offering to customers, and have you seen a growth in demand for your services over the last year?
I’d love to hear comments from any young freelancers out there.