The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-15T06:45:45Z Freelancer.com reveals the fastest growing online jobs in 2018 2019-01-15T06:45:45Z freelancer-com-reveals-the-fastest-growing-online-jobs-in-2018 SYDNEY, 15 January, 2019: The vital importance of an online presence in today’s business landscape was driven home in 2018, with jobs aimed at developing, populating, promoting and marketing websites among the fastest growing areas of online work last year, according to Freelancer.com’s latest Fast 50 Report. The Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job categories on the Freelancer.com marketplace, which claims more than 31 million users around the world and has facilitated over 15 million jobs to date. This special edition of the Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report looks closely at the big job trends that dominated 2018 and also provides a snapshot of the fastest moving job types in Q4, 2018. “Freelancer.com is the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the world by number of users and jobs posted, so the depth and breadth of data we are able to draw upon to uncover global online employment trends is unparalleled. This rich insight offers invaluable information to freelancers who want to maximise their skills and ensure they remain up to date and in step with the broader business market, which can be dynamic, with demand changing over time,” said Freelancer.com CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie. Analysis of nearly two million jobs posted on Freelancer.com in 2018 has revealed that online content was king in 2018, with both the first quarter and the final quarter of the year dominated by growth in jobs focused on the creation of websites and the content that populates them. A surge in content-heavy jobs during the first three months of 2018 and again in the three months ending December 2018 saw the popularity of skills in writing, design and animation on the Freelancer.com marketplace rise dramatically during the year, compared to the year prior. This trend appears to give some credence to the proclamation by Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates in a 1996 essay entitled ‘Content is King’ that content is where he expected “much of the real money will be made on the Internet”. While Gates conceded in his essay that his definition of the term ‘content’ becomes very wide in the context of the Internet, he is clear that opportunities would abound for most companies in supplying information or entertainment online. “The broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment,” Gates wrote. “No company is too small to participate.” Now, over two decades later, jobs being done online to create content on the Internet are quickly becoming some of the most popular, fastest-growing jobs being done by freelancers on the Freelancer.com marketplace, demonstrating the dominance of content in today’s online world. Year in review: the fastest moving jobs in 2018 The case for content A prominent online presence is one of the top currencies of value for organisations today, with more business being conducted online than ever before. This is evident in the sheer volume of new jobs done on the Freelancer.com marketplace in 2018 relating to web development and the creation of content for use online, along with jobs aimed at boosting the online presence of those websites. Indeed, jobs aimed at getting compelling digital content online heavily populated the fastest growing job categories in 2018, with categories such as Writing, 2D Animation, Illustrator and After Effects all dominating the list top 25 fastest growing jobs over the course of 2018. Writing was by far the fastest growing job category in 2018, growing by 537.5% compared to the previous year. Academic Writing also saw substantial growth over the year, claiming a place in the top 10 fastest growing skills categories for 2018. Two other important areas in the creation of online content that were in the top 20 fastest growing areas in 2018 were Blog Writing jobs, which grew by 146.6% year-on-year, to 4,537 jobs in the category in 2018, and SEO Writing -- such an important tool for businesses wanting to build their online presence -- which rose by 84.8%, claiming 2,590 jobs. 2D Animation, meanwhile was one of the top five fastest growing categories for the 12 months ending December 2018, seeing a 167.6% increase compared to the year ending December 2017, with 3,747 jobs done in the category. After Effects, software typically used for digital visual effects and motion graphics, enjoyed an 83% year-on-year increase, with more than 26,000 jobs in the category being done in 2018. At the same time, jobs featuring Illustrator, Adobe’s popular vector graphic editing software, rose by 84.3%, with more than 109,000 jobs in this category being done during 2018. Both After Effects and Illustrator were included in the top 20 fastest growing skills areas in 2018. Jobs involving another popular Adobe product, InDesign, also rose during the year, claiming thousands of jobs. Indeed, jobs utilizing the desktop publishing and typesetting software increased by 65%, claiming more than 10,700 projects during 2018. Where’s your website? If jobs involving the creation of digital content for online use were among the top growing areas during 2018, the it should come as no surprise that jobs involving the creation of the websites on which to put that content also dominated the top growing categories during the year. Web Development, for example, grew by 92.3% during the year, with 9,632 jobs in the category being done during 2018. Moreover, other jobs playing a major role in web development, such as Django, the open-source web framework used to create database-driven websites, were also fast growers during the year. Django jobs specifically rose by 68.3% year-on-year in 2018, with more than 4,500 jobs in the discipline being done during the year. Likewise, Express JS, the web application framework for Node.js that it typically used for creating web and mobile applications, also grew markedly during the 12-month period, experiencing a 128.4% year-on-year rise in 2018, claiming over 2,600 jobs. React.js, the open-source JavaScript library often used to develop user interfaces for mobile applications or single page applications (SPAs) on the web, meanwhile, grew by 81.4% during the year, claiming 7,604 jobs over the 12-month period. Tying into web development is API  (Application Programming Interface), which was the second fastest growing job category in 2018. Jobs involving APIs -- the set of tools and protocols used for building application software and also an important tool for the development of websites -- grew by 352.4% in 2018, claiming over 4,600 jobs during the year. Also playing an increasingly important role in the development of e-commerce websites is the jobs category of Shopify Templates, which grew by 110.7% year-on-year, with over 6,300 jobs in the category. This growth appears to demonstrate the growing interest in e-commerce websites and the accompanying growing demands in services surrounding their development, in this case Shopify. Of course, once a website is built and ready to go, organisations need to find ways to drive traffic to it; this is especially true for organisations that do the bulk of their business online, like online sellers and marketplaces. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Search Engine Marketing job category grew so quickly during the year, seeing a 66% increasing while claiming 9,413 jobs in 2018. Jobs on the slide While jobs involving the creation of web content and the development of places to put it grew substantially during 2018, jobs in other software development areas actually saw a decrease in popularity over the year. A major marker of this trend was the Software Development job category, which fell by 70.7%, with 9,212 jobs in 2018. By contrast, the Software Development category had over 31,000 jobs in 2017. The App Designer category also experienced a 70.7% year-on-year fall, to 2,531 jobs in 2018. Likewise, App Developer jobs fell by 66.1%, to 6,070, during the year. Jobs involving Shopping Carts, digital shopping systems typically used by e-commerce sites to facilitate purchasing by web customers, fell by 65.4% to 5,845, a marked fall from the 16,800 jobs the category enjoyed in 2017. At the same time, Order Processing, often involving the packing and delivery of products ordered online, dropped by 63.2% to 832 jobs in 2018. The annual decrease in these two job categories may signal waning interest among users in building an e-commerce site from scratch and carrying out tasks manually, with people instead opting for full-service online e-commerce platforms that automate such processes, such as Shopify, an area that saw substantial job growth during the year. Among the other job areas that saw a substantial fall during the year was the Industrial Design category, which fell by 60% to 1,256. Manufacturing, meanwhile, fell by 59.7% to 1,808. At the same time, Materials Engineering fell by 57.7% claiming just 654 jobs over the course of the year. Rising stars: the emerging jobs to watch As noted earlier, e-commerce is an area of rapidly increasing growth in today’s online world, with many businesses making the leap online to sell their goods into a broader, global market. This can be seen in the surge of jobs involving e-commerce platform Shopify, including Shopify Templates, which collectively saw some growing interest and volume in 2018. Shopify jobs typically include things like managing inventory, HTML or CSS code editing and creating discount codes or coupons, while Shopify Templates jobs involve the creation of templates for online stores on the Shopify e-commerce platform. While not in the top 25 fastest growing jobs in 2018, the Shopify category enjoyed a 21.7% year-on-year increase 2018, with 13,177 jobs done in the category. As noted previously, Shopify Templates jobs also saw rapid growth during the year. Machine Learning is another area that is fast becoming a dominant skills area. Machine Learning, which plays a core role in the development of Artificial Intelligence, focuses on automatically recognizing complex patterns and making intelligent decisions based on available data. This branch of study develops algorithms for computers to evolve behaviors based on available data. Machine Learning jobs grew by 71.7% in 2018, with over 7,400 jobs being done in the category. The Blockchain category, involving jobs dealing with the distributed digital ledger that is used to maintain the continuously growing list of records underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and other applications in fields like finance and supply chain systems, also saw substantial growth in 2018. Indeed, Blockchain jobs surged in popularity, becoming the second fastest-growing category during the year, rising by 300.8% compared to the previous year. In 2018, there were more than 5,400 jobs in the category, compared to just 1,361 in 2017. Data Mining, the practice and process of deciphering and extracting patterns from data, is also an area to watch. Data Mining is becoming an invaluable tool for the increasingly large number of organisations doing business over the Internet, and often plays into the hands of Machine Learning, which typically makes use of rich, often exhaustive data sets to train software and help it ‘learn’ new behaviours. In 2018, Data Mining jobs enjoyed 37.1% growth, equating to 11,243 jobs in 2018. The full Freelancer.com Fast 50 Annual Report for 2018 can be found below: The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in 2018 Rank Job Category 2017 2018 Change (%) 1 Writing 1343 8537 535.67 % 2 API 1037 4691 352.36 % 3 Blockchain 1361 5455 300.81 % 4 Academic Writing 2828 8644 205.66 % 5 2D Animation 1400 3747 167.64 % 6 Social Media Management 1069 2752 157.44 % 7 Blog Writing 1840 4537 146.58 % 8 Express JS 1144 2616 128.67 % 9 Shopify Templates 3015 6352 110.68 % 10 Drawing 1349 2711 100.96 % 11 Excel VBA 1202 2353 95.76 % 12 Web Development 5009 9632 92.29 % 13 Hindi 1522 2889 89.82 % 14 SEO Writing 1402 2590 84.74 % 15 Illustrator 59188 109056 84.25 % 16 After Effects 14395 26349 83.04 % 17 React.js 4191 7604 81.44 % 18 DNS 1201 2127 77.10 % 19 PhoneGap 2736 4753 73.72 % 20 English (US) 25179 43520 72.84 % 21 Machine Learning 4340 7452 71.71 % 22 Adobe Illustrator 6202 10590 70.75 % 23 Django 2710 4560 68.27 % 24 Search Engine Marketing 5672 9413 65.96 % 25 Adobe InDesign 6515 10752 65.03 % 26 Press Releases 2449 1145 -53.25 % 27 Cocoa 1239 574 -53.67 % 28 Nutrition 1030 468 -54.56 % 29 Psychology 1935 859 -55.61 % 30 Plugin 3330 1449 -56.49 % 31 Materials Engineering 1546 654 -57.70 % 32 Pattern Making 1256 526 -58.12 % 33 Label Design 2925 1195 -59.15 % 34 Weddings 1195 488 -59.16 % 35 Motion Graphics 4924 1991 -59.57 % 36 Manufacturing 4486 1808 -59.70 % 37 Industrial Design 3141 1256 -60.01 % 38 Logistics 1442 562 -61.03 % 39 Order Processing 2263 832 -63.23 % 40 Shopping Carts 16899 5845 -65.41 % 41 App Developer 17898 6070 -66.09 % 42 Payroll 3498 1134 -67.58 % 43 Pickup 2228 681 -69.43 % 44 CATIA 1010 306 -69.70 % 45 App Designer 8634 2531 -70.69 % 46 Software Development 31449 9212 -70.71 % 47 Journalist 1580 427 -72.97 % 48 Squarespace 1781 440 -75.29 % 49 Email Developer 4262 840 -80.29 % 50 LESS/Sass/SCSS 2697 514 -80.94 % Quarterly snapshot: the fastest movers in Q4 The full Freelancer.com Fast 50 Q4 2018 Report ranking can be found below: Freelancer.com’s Fast 50 Report: The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in Q4 2018 Rank Job Category 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 Change (%) 1 Matlab and Mathematica 2261 3049 34.85 % 2 Statistical Analysis 1203 1616 34.33 % 3 Mathematics 2006 2630 31.11 % 4 Algorithm 2224 2902 30.49 % 5 Statistics 1695 2210 30.38 % 6 Report Writing 5245 6777 29.21 % 7 Academic Writing 1791 2246 25.40 % 8 Electrical Engineering 3002 3712 23.65 % 9 Machine Learning 1748 2087 19.39 % 10 Shopify Templates 1549 1839 18.72 % 11 Mechanical Engineering 1877 2175 15.88 % 12 Product Descriptions 1544 1784 15.54 % 13 Database Programming 1241 1428 15.07 % 14 eBooks 1570 1804 14.90 % 15 Data Mining 2501 2845 13.75 % 16 Poster Design 1023 1150 12.41 % 17 Electronics 2850 3198 12.21 % 18 Arduino 1329 1491 12.19 % 19 Research Writing 12647 14169 12.03 % 20 Microcontroller 1756 1964 11.85 % 21 Ubuntu 1058 1182 11.72 % 22 Database Administration 1147 1279 11.51 % 23 Shopify 3137 3465 10.46 % 24 Microsoft Office 1815 1997 10.03 % 25 Business Analysis 2611 2856 9.38 % 26 Graphic Design 126892 101544 -19.98 % 27 Arts & Crafts 1081 861 -20.35 % 28 Virtual Assistant 6028 4781 -20.69 % 29 Coding 1294 1025 -20.79 % 30 Sales 5319 4210 -20.85 % 31 Testing / QA 1096 850 -22.45 % 32 App Developer 1495 1155 -22.74 % 33 Joomla 1803 1378 -23.57 % 34 Programming 2188 1634 -25.32 % 35 Data Entry 27390 20443 -25.36 % 36 Data Processing 13517 9925 -26.57 % 37 Banner Design 10055 7351 -26.89 % 38 Excel 24039 17574 -26.89 % 39 Translation 15145 11005 -27.34 % 40 CSS3 1150 827 -28.09 % 41 Adobe Illustrator 2462 1756 -28.68 % 42 Visual Basic 3702 2608 -29.55 % 43 Legal 1815 1256 -30.80 % 44 Windows Desktop 2961 2039 -31.14 % 45 Writing 2212 1502 -32.10 % 46 Project Management 1846 1216 -34.13 % 47 Adobe Flash 1921 1250 -34.93 % 48 Design 2110 1328 -37.06 % 49 XML 2038 1110 -45.53 % 50 ASP 2156 722 -66.51 % - Ends - For more information, please contact: Leon Spencer Director of Communications lspencer@freelancer.com About ​Freelancer​ ® Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More9than 31 million registered users have posted over 15 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. Freelancer acquires enterprise freight marketplace Channel 40, launches global freight marketplace Freightlancer Inc. 2018-11-21T01:25:31Z freelancer-acquires-enterprise-freight-marketplace-channel-40-launches-global-freight-marketplace-freightlancer-inc Freelancer Limited (ASX: FLN), the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted, has acquired Channel 40, an enterprise marketplace connecting freight owners with transport operators. Simultaneously with the acquisition, the company announced the launch of Freightlancer.com, a global marketplace for freight, shipping & transportation spanning from complex enterprise haulage to consumer metro deliveries, powered by the world’s largest human labour cloud of over 30 million freelancers in 247 countries, regions and territories. Channel 40 was started in 2016 by mining executive Tom Cavanagh, who also founded, and is CEO of, EMS Group, one of Australia’s largest underground mining and tunnelling service providers. Channel 40 primarily services the construction, mining, tunnelling, rail and oil & gas industries, with over 6,000 freight operators in its marketplace. In the last 12 months, Channel 40 has shipped over $4.5 million of freight within Asia Pacific, as well as internationally to the United States and Europe. “Today we are excited to announce both the acquisition of Channel 40 and the launch of Freightlancer, our global marketplace for freight, shipping and transportation,” said Freelancer.com Chief Executive Matt Barrie. “Freightlancer is powered by the world’s largest human labour cloud of over 30 million freelancers, our rapidly growing Enterprise division and our global payments business Escrow.com. “The acquisition of Channel 40 and the launch of Freightlancer.com represent the first productized vertical for Freelancer.com, specializing in end-to-end solutions within a single job area. This builds on our Local Jobs offering and taps into the the Freelancer.com API, delivering a global pool of liquidity for the freight logistics industry, around the world,” Mr. Barrie said. “We are thrilled to be joining Freightlancer,” said Channel 40 Chief Executive Josh Mullens. “Our business and global domain expertise in transportation, shipping and logistics, combined with the global scale of the Freelancer.com and Escrow.com businesses is a phenomenal combination.” Manny Pereira, Chief Executive of MPC Global, said: “Getting our purchases to the United States through Freightlancer is always easy. The team there manage the whole thing for us, and I have never had a problem with our shipments.” Benjamin Carter from Redpath Mining said: “We’ve been using Freightlancer.com to service our road freight needs across Australia, with our loads varying from one or two pallets, to multiple trailers. It is a great platform for obtaining competitive pricing at short notice. We’ve been able to move our equipment to where it needs to be at very short notice with competitive pricing. “We've saved time and cost to move freight since using Freightlancer.com, and if not for the use of the platform, more time and effort would have been wasted obtaining competitive prices to suit our delivery requirements.” For more information, contact: Sebastián SiselesVice-President, Internationalt: +1 415 801 2271 sebastian@freelancer.com Leon Spencer Director of Communications +61 409 048 569 lspencer@freelancer.com Helma KusumaCommunications Manager, Asia+62 812 104 9853helma@freelancer.com About ​Freelancer​ ® - Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 30 million registered users have posted over 14 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, astrophysics, aerospace and engineering. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup and growth conference, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. About Freightlancer - Freightlancer is a combination of a marketplace and management system, but with a global reach. It’s simplifying the supply chain for freight owners and transport companies.  Freightlancer services the mining, construction, tunnelling, rail, oil & gas industries, as well as adding the new service of providing rapid metro delivery with the network of over  30 million freelancers from the Freelancer.com global marketplace. Freightlancer facilitates the fast, reliable and cost efficient transport of freight while ensuring a high standard of compliance. Freightlancer is a subsidiary of Freelancer Limited (ASX:FLN). Freelancer.com unveils the fastest growing online jobs in Q3 2018 2018-10-02T01:38:22Z freelancer-com-unveils-the-fastest-growing-online-jobs-in-q3-2018 The Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job type categories within Freelancer.com’s online marketplace, which today includes more than 30 million people across 247 countries, regions and territories around the world. Freelancing offers skilled professionals an extensive and almost inexhaustible pool of potential clients with which to work. However, the broader business market can be dynamic, with demand for particular skills increasing and decreasing depending on market cycles and longer-term trends. This is why it is important for both freelancers and Freelancer.com to closely monitor the quarterly online jobs trends. Analysis of nearly 500,000 jobs posted on Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, during the three months ending September 2018 has unveiled the highest-growth categories of jobs online, with work involving web development, digital creative skills, and social media among the top movers during the quarter. “As host to the world’s largest single freelancing and crowdsourcing community, Freelancer.com has unique insight into the major trends and shifts of the global online jobs market. With jobs in over 1,000 categories in disciplines such as science, engineering, the arts and business, Freelancer.com provides perhaps the most granular and detailed view of the freelancing market around the world,” Freelancer.com CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie said. Whole lotta web development Jobs involving website development and internet applications were among the highest growth categories within the Freelancer.com marketplace ecosystem during the quarter, with ASP (or active server pages), the server side script engine often used for web pages that are dynamically created, taking third place in terms of growth during the three-month period. There were 2,138 ASP jobs posted on Freelancer.com in the third quarter, up from the number of ASP jobs posted the previous quarter, representing a quarter-by-quarter increase of 21.75%. ASP topped the Fast 50 in Q2 2018, and appears to show no sign of diminishing in popularity any time soon. Meanwhile, React.js, the open-source JavaScript library often employed to develop user interfaces for mobile applications or single page applications (SPAs) on the web, ranked second in terms of growth during the quarter. React.js jobs experienced 25.73% growth over the three month period ending September, compared to the previous quarter, with 2,121 React.js jobs posted in the more recent period. At the same time, jobs featuring fellow JavaScript-based web application framework Angular.js, which assists with the creation of single-page web applications, grew by 7.78% during the quarter, to 4,750, with Angular.js ranked as the 22nd fastest growing category. Adobe Flash, meanwhile, also featured prominently during the quarter. Jobs featuring Adobe Flash, often used to create web applications, along with animations for web pages and online multimedia content, experienced the fourth-highest level of growth of any job category on Freelancer.com during the quarter, representing a 19.54% change from the previous quarter. It should be noted, however, that the total number of Adobe Flash jobs over the quarter came to 1,890, substantially fewer than the 8,811 jobs involving HTML5, which has grown in popularity since Adobe confirmed in 2017 that it would discontinue Flash in 2020, as reported by Wired. Over the past quarter, HTML5 jobs experienced a 1.58% increase, compared to the previous quarter, making it the 69th fastest growing job category in the period. Something about social Some of the world’s largest social media platform operators, such as Facebook and Twitter have been under immense scrutiny in the wake of accusations the platforms have been used improperly to influence elections. As noted by CNET, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified during a hearing held by United States lawmakers in September 2018, fielding questions about their respective businesses, and what was being done to reduce the effect of internet trolls and online provocateurs. Despite this intense scrutiny -- or perhaps because of it -- social media-related jobs saw substantial growth during the September quarter. Social Networking, a broad job category that could involve a number of skills, such as general help with social networks, designing apps, creating pages or expanding a social network fan page, ranked as the seventh highest growing job category during the quarter. Social Networking jobs experienced a 16.90% surge compared to the previous quarter, to 2,283. Facebook Marketing came in just under Social Networking as the eighth fastest growing category in this quarter’s Fast 50 list. Facebook Marketing grew at least a couple of percentage points slower than Social Networking, at 15.05%. However, there were 6,733 Facebook Marketing jobs posted during the quarter -- well in excess of the 2,283 Social Networking jobs posted during the period -- reflecting the broader popularity of Facebook Marketing as a job category. Jobs involving Twitter, meanwhile, were the 13th fastest growing during the quarter, with the category seeing 10.95% growth, quarter-on-quarter. The total number of Twitter-related jobs during the quarter came to 2,747, far fewer than those relating to fellow social media network operator, Facebook. The Social Media Marketing jobs category ranked as the 14th fastest growing area of work over the three month period, seeing a 10.17% increase quarter-on-quarter. With a quarterly tally of 6,867 jobs during the quarter, Social Media Marketing claimed slightly more jobs during the period than those involving Facebook Marketing, which claimed 6,733 jobs. Drumming up digital creative skills Quality content still appears to be king, with creative jobs involving digital tools such as Adobe’s ubiquitous Photoshop and Illustrator editors also among the faster-growing broad skills areas on the Freelancer.com marketplace during the quarter. Skills involving Illustrator, Adobe’s vector graphics editor, appear to be among the most perennially popular on Freelancer.com, with the job category seeing an 13.74% surge during the quarter compared to the previous quarter. In the three-month period, 27,948 Illustrator jobs were posted. Jobs involving Photoshop Design, Adobe’s popular raster graphics editor, are also among the more consistently in-demand skills areas on the Freelancer.com marketplace. Photoshop Design jobs saw a 7.29% increase compared to the prior quarter, with 11,607 jobs posted during the three months ending September. Video Production is another creative skills area utilising digital tools that saw notable growth during the September quarter. Coming in above Photoshop Design in terms of growth rate at number 20, Video Production experienced 8.29% growth, quarter-on-quarter, to 3,905 jobs over the three-month period. The rise of video production comes roughly a year after members of Forbes' Young Entrepreneur Council suggested in late 2017 that live video and Instagram’s IGTV vertical video application were among the top 10 digital marketing trends entrepreneurs should be watching -- just one of the many areas in which video production demand is on the rise. Jobs on the slide At the other end of the spectrum, jobs involving mathematical skills have seen a sharp swing south. Jobs involving Mathematics as a standalone discipline, for example, experienced a 31.17% quarter-by-quarter fall, to 1,948 during the three-month period. Mathematica and Matlab, two software packages related to mathematics that are used in engineering, scientific and mathematical branches of study, experienced an even sharper decline of 34.16% quarter-on-quarter, to 2,170. At the same time, Statistical Analysis and Statistics jobs declined by 26.30%, to 1,166 and 25.82%, to 1,652, respectively, compared to the previous quarter. Also involving mathematical skills, Algorithm-related jobs saw a 27.85% quarter-by-quarter fall, to 2,153 for the three-month period. Meanwhile, writing jobs in a number of disciplines experienced a slide in popularity during the quarter, with Report Writing experiencing a 31.15% decline, with 5,076 jobs posted during the period. Moreover, Academic Writing experienced a 28.66% decline, claiming 1,755 jobs and Research Writing jobs fell by 19.53%, although the category itself remained relatively popular, claiming 12,274 jobs during the quarter. Business Plans, Business Writing and Technical Writing all saw a decrease in jobs posted during the period, experiencing declines of 23.23%, 18.68% and 16.14%, respectively. Two other areas that saw notable declines during the three months to September 2018 were Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, which saw a fall of 23.57% and 24.12%, respectively. Trends on the horizon Blockchain has received a lot of attention over the past few years, with the cryptographically-enabled technology being considered for applications as far reaching as insurance, real estate, banking and even advertising, according to Forbes. The various cryptocurrencies Blockchain underpins, such as bitcoin, have also received a lot of attention, thanks largely to the volatile nature of the value associated with these digital currencies. While not among the top 50 movers during the quarter, jobs involving Blockchain fell by 1.36% to 1,302 over the three-month period, compared to the prior quarter. This could have something to do with the spectacular tumble the cash value of bitcoin has taken since it peaked in December last year. As reported by Bloomberg, bitcoin fell to a nine-month low in September 2018. However, it remains to be seen whether Blockchain-related jobs will continue to fall in volume, regardless of how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies perform over the coming months and years. According to TechRepublic, IT industry association CompTIA has ranked Blockchain among the top 10 types of technology that could offer the greatest potential business operations success. Machine Learning, another job category that saw a quarter-on-quarter slide over the three months ending September, declining by 6.65% to 1,698, may yet see an uptick in coming quarters, as demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning skills continues to grow. Indeed, in CompTIA’s list of the top tech trends to watch in 2018, artificial intelligence was ranked third, well above Blockchain, which it ranked ninth on the list. As noted earlier in this report, HTML5 jobs are likely to continue seeing growth as the 2020 date for the discontinuation of Adobe Flash draws closer. In April 2018, CloudPro reported that data provided by web technology survey site W3Techs suggests at least 95% of websites no longer use Flash, and instead are more likely to be using alternative options such as HTML5 and CSS3. It’s likely that jobs involving these Adobe Flash alternatives will continue to increase, while Adobe Flash jobs will continue to decline. It should be noted, however, that in the Fast 50 report for the three months ending September, CSS3 jobs actually fell by 3.22%, quarter-on-quarter, to 1,113. The full Fast 50 Q3 2018 Report ranking can be found below: Freelancer.com’s Fast 50 Report: The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in Q3 2018 Rank Job Category 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 Change (%) 1 Copy Typing 4090 5203 27.21 2 React.js 1687 2121 25.73 3 ASP 1756 2138 21.75 4 Adobe Flash 1581 1890 19.54 5 Word 2939 3439 17.01 6 Data Processing 11353 13282 16.99 7 Social Networking 1953 2283 16.90 8 Facebook Marketing 5852 6733 15.05 9 Illustrator 24571 27948 13.74 10 node.js 3394 3825 12.70 11 Customer Service 1452 1627 12.05 12 Virtual Assistant 5299 5927 11.85 13 Twitter 2476 2747 10.95 14 Social Media Marketing 6233 6867 10.17 15 Data Entry 24425 26884 10.07 16 Amazon Web Services 2726 2988 9.61 17 Django 1109 1215 9.56 18 PDF 2452 2685 9.50 19 Customer Support 1947 2125 9.14 20 Video Production 3606 3905 8.29 21 Visual Basic 3339 3608 8.06 22 Angular.js 4407 4750 7.78 23 Photoshop Design 10818 11607 7.29 24 Blog 6379 6833 7.12 25 Web Hosting 2064 2209 7.03 26 Technical Writing 6927 5809 -16.14 27 SQL 3528 2953 -16.30 28 Programming 2549 2116 -16.99 29 Adobe Illustrator 2958 2416 -18.32 30 Finance 2348 1913 -18.53 31 Business Writing 1991 1619 -18.68 32 Business Analysis 3153 2538 -19.51 33 Research Writing 15252 12274 -19.53 34 Database Programming 1491 1195 -19.85 35 Magento 3960 3148 -20.51 36 C++ Programming 8391 6617 -21.14 37 Business Plans 2858 2194 -23.23 38 Electrical Engineering 3785 2893 -23.57 39 Supplier Sourcing 1240 941 -24.11 40 Mechanical Engineering 2409 1828 -24.12 41 Windows Desktop 3821 2895 -24.23 42 Engineering 4969 3727 -24.99 43 Statistics 2227 1652 -25.82 44 Statistical Analysis 1582 1166 -26.30 45 Algorithm 2984 2153 -27.85 46 Academic Writing 2460 1755 -28.66 47 Report Writing 7373 5076 -31.15 48 Mathematics 2830 1948 -31.17 49 R Programming Language 1038 706 -31.98 50 Matlab and Mathematica 3296 2170 -34.16 For more information, please contact: Leon Spencer Director of Communications, Freelancer.com lspencer@freelancer.com About ​Freelancer​ ® Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 30 million registered users have posted over 14 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. 30 million people choosing a new way to work 2018-09-19T06:13:38Z 30-million-people-choosing-a-new-way-to-work Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted, has hit 30 million registered users across 247 countries, regions and territories around the globe. “This new milestone illustrates the global appetite for new ways of working, with tens of millions of people around the world opting for the flexibility, autonomy and opportunity offered by the Freelancer.com marketplace,” Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie said. “New models of working are taking the world by storm, as technology gives people greater opportunities to work any time, in a way that suits them best, no matter where they are in the world,” Mr Barrie said. Today, well over 10 million people in Freelancer.com’s global community are based in India and the United States alone. Millions more are located in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, Canada and Bangladesh -- which together, make up the top 10 countries by user numbers in the Freelancer.com global marketplace. Freelancer.com welcomes up to 15,000 new users and up to 7,000 new jobs every single day. Over the past year, the most popular categories of jobs posted on the Freelancer.com marketplace include website development, data entry, copywriting and graphic design. As part of the celebrations marking the 30 million user milestone, Freelancer.com is offering a share in US$5,000 worth of prizes for the best projects in architecture, branding, 3D and digital posted on the marketplace, with the talented individuals behind the winning projects given the chance to become the ‘new face of Freelancer’. Read Mr Barrie’s blog post about this major milestone and the role the global Freelancer.com community plays in the rise of new ways to work. About ​Freelancer​ ® Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 30 million registered users have posted over 14 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. For more information, contact: Leon SpencerDirector of Communications+61 409048569lspencer@freelancer.com