We are increasingly living in what Dan Pink coined the free agent nation. There are believed to be over 50 million people working freelance in America alone, and it’s increasingly being seen as a desirable career choice for many of us.
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What then, are the hottest freelance jobs currently on the market? Australian based freelance marketplace ’Freelancer’ provide a running commentary on the state of the freelancing market, and they have recently released their analysis for the first quarter of 2015.
The company regularly trawls through its 15 million users to see what are the growth areas in the market, with the market as a whole growing by over 7 percent from the previous quarter alone.
“The Freelancer Fast 50 data is the leading forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies”, said Freelancer Chief Executive Matt Barrie.
Hot Freelance jobs in 2015
One of the hottest growth areas was in the field of social media marketing. Jobs in that area had risen by 8 percent over the last quarter. The rise was not uniform across the board, however, with jobs involving Facebook marketing seeing a slump, and Twitter related jobs also showing meager growth figures.
Interestingly, content marketing positions have seen rapid growth, especially for longer form content creation. Ebook writing jobs, for instance, have seen a 43 percent rise over the past quarter, with creative writing as a whole jumping by 41 percent.
It should be said, however, that while these roles are growing quickly, they still make up a relatively small proportion of the total number of jobs advertised on the site.
Arguably more interesting, therefore, is the continued rise in web design jobs available on the site. Adverts for these kind of roles experienced both high volumes (57,000 job listings) and a high growth of 17.7 percent. Graphic design positions were in a similar boat, with 66,000 listings and a growth rate of 16.1 percent.
Not surprisingly, mobile jobs were also hot stuff, with 45,000 mobile orientated jobs in the last quarter, representing a growth of 17.4 percent. Interestingly, Apple related jobs seemed to be growing at a faster pace than Android related roles, although Android based jobs still had higher volumes.
So, if they’re some of the hot jobs in the freelancing world right now, what jobs appear to be tailing off? Web hosting appeared to have a particularly tough quarter, with a slump of 9.3 percent.
Looking slightly more into the future, the company identify a number of roles that they believe are likely to become incredibly popular in the coming years.
"We are seeing even more innovative thinkers than ever hiring freelancers with deep expertise, across a number of advanced areas. Projects in Renewable Energy Design, Quantum Physics, Face Recognition, Drones, Pattern Matching, Machine Learning, Cryptography and Nanotechnology are all appearing on Freelancer.com," they say.
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Are you a freelancer yourself? I’d love to hear your experiences of the marketplace at the moment and whether you’re seeing particular jobs rising in popularity. Do please share your experiences in the comments section below.