reveals the 50 fastest growing online jobs for Q1 2013 reveals the 50 fastest growing online jobs for Q1 2013

PR Newswire

SYDNEY, April 30, 2013

SYDNEY, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The eCommerce revolution shows no signs
of slowing; Core web 2.0 technologies HTML5, CSS, PHP, and jQuery continue to
grow; Android spreads throughout the developing world, leaving Apple
floundering in its wake; 3D design jobs take off as 3D printers like MakerBot
start to go mainstream; Twitter grows while Facebook slumps, but both fall
flat as marketers fall back to Email Marketing; BPO jobs boom as virtual
assistants become mainstream for SMEs and entrepreneurs; SEO rebounds from Q4
2012 as the industry adapts to Google Panda and Penguin algorithms.

With over 280,000 jobs to analyze each quarter, the Fast 50
charts the top 50 fastest growing or crashing job types in the online labor
market on a quarter-by-quarter basis, providing a continuous measure of job
activity and trends in the online economy.

"There is no other report like the Freelancer Fast 50 for the rise and fall of
jobs in the online economy, with almost 300,000 jobs analyzed per quarter", CEO Matt Barrie stated. "The demand in online jobs is the
leading forward indicator of the health of new technologies, products,
companies and industries."

"When you couple core web 2.0 technologies like HTML5, CSS, PHP, and jQuery
with highly scalable online marketing techniques like email marketing, SEM and
social media marketing, it is no surprise that B2C (business to consumer)
online transactions eclipsed a trillion US dollars in 2012. Retail outlets are
proving incapable of adjusting to a consumer base no longer geographically
captive. Ecommerce is dominating the consumer retail landscape. It's no
surprise that big name retailers that haven't kept up with the online shopping
revolution are increasingly going bankrupt. These high street dinosaurs are
unwilling to compete, and so will soon be consigned to retail history."

The eCommerce revolution shows no signs of slowing. The eCommerce sector saw a
strong 19% increase in online jobs this quarter (from 3,859 jobs) as the
storefront snowballs toward extinction. Online commerce is disrupting the
retail sector so drastically that many traditional establishments are now
charging money to allow consumers to see and hold an item in person -
accepting that their next action will be to buy the item cheaper online. A
consequence of this trend is that eCommerce technologies have also seen
substantial lift, with Magento up 14% (from 2,240 jobs) and shopping carts up
18% (from 2,942 jobs).

Core web 2.0 technologies HTML5, CSS, PHP, and jQuery continue to grow. With
the eCommerce revolution taking off, everyone wants a piece of the pie, and
demand for web 2.0 websites continues its strong growth. Jobs based around
core web 2.0 technologies are subsequently on the rise: HTML5 (up 20% from
3823 jobs), CSS (up 15% from 9,009 jobs), PHP (up 9% from 39,867 jobs), jQuery
(up 7% from 3,522 jobs), MySQL (up 3% from 14,017 jobs) and Wordpress (up 20%
from 8,820 jobs) all grew this quarter.

David Harrison, VP of engineering at, is not surprised, "The
underpinning tech that powers eCommerce is now mature, scalable, and cheap -
you can set up a turn-key online store for as little as a couple of hundred
dollars and have all the features of a massive retailer like Amazon. This is
enabling the massive growth of online retail as small businesses move online
to sell to consumers around the globe. The technology tidal wave is breaking
on the traditional retail sector."

Android spreads throughout the developing world, leaving Apple floundering in
its wake. Android jobs shot up more than 20% (from 4,278 jobs) as jobs for
iPad and iPhone crept up at far less impressive rates of 11% (from 2,035 jobs)
and 5% (from 5,294 jobs), respectively. Long decried as the brand of the
snobbish, Apple has failed to make significant inroads in the fastest growing
markets for mobile technologies - developing nations. With Apple's strategy
concentrating on high margins rather than high volume, industry commentator
Joe Wilcox summarizes Tim Cook's smartphone dilemma - emerging markets account
for 85% of the world's population, and yet at the same time, they are "sucking
the margins out of iPhone." Addressing this strategic challenge will be the
defining moment of CEO Tim Cook's career, and with two-thirds of Apple's
revenue coming from smartphones and tablets, the outcome may well decide the
future of the largest tech company in the world. Samsung is now a major
threat, and has deep supply chain experience as a producer of key components.
Apple's latest product releases have been lackluster; developers are voting
with their feet, and it increasingly looks like Apple is no longer hungry to
win without Jobs.

3D design jobs take off as 3D printers like MakerBot start to go mainstream.
One of the most exciting new technologies to emerge in the past few years is
desktop 3D printing. Previously an expensive industrial tool for rapid
prototyping, advances in materials science and computing power, along with a
healthy dose of investment, has seen the price of a desktop 3D printer reduce
from $20,000 to $1,000 or less. This substantial cost reduction has seen 3D
printing devices (like the MakerBot Replicator 2X) reach the home and spawned
a whole new DIY/enthusiast/early adopter community.

Powered by open-source software, this surge in interest in 3D printing has
resulted in a surge of growth for the 3D Modeling (up 21% from 1,463 jobs), 3D
Rendering (up 13% from 1,388 jobs) and 3D Animation (up 6% from 1,652 jobs)

Twitter grows while Facebook slumps, but both fall flat as marketers fall back
to Email Marketing. Facebook seems to be intent on putting ads everywhere on
their platform, except where people are willing to pay for them. Forbes
recently reported that Twitter had stomped Facebook in terms of selling ads on
mobile devices, and this year's Super Bowl likewise saw Twitter emerging
triumphant, beating Facebook in social media mentions, according to an
informal analysis by Marketing Land. This trend is reflected in the Fast 50 -
Twitter jobs grew 18% (from 2,232 jobs), while Facebook jobs fell 4% (from
6,569 jobs).

However, ROI delivered by social media marketing pales in comparison to the
classic powerhouse of email marketing. It's easy to see why - despite its
flaws, email is still the most popular online activity, and at a
next-to-nothing price point, it remains the powerhouse of online marketing as
social media continues to prove itself a high-risk, high-reward strategy, and
Facebook and Twitter's continued experimentation still failing to distil a
concrete answer to the Google Ads behemoth. This is reflected in the growth of
Email Marketing jobs, up 21% (from 1,001 jobs).

BPO jobs boom as virtual assistants become mainstream for SMEs and
entrepreneurs. Outsourcing basic administration tasks is rapidly becoming the
norm for western small business, as SMEs increasingly become comfortable with
accessing an online workforce. No longer the exclusive domain of large
multinationals, small businesses and startups are increasingly adopting
outsourcing as a way to get ahead of the competition, saving money on simple
back-office tasks which can then be redirected to hiring more skilled labor or
expanding operations. As a result of this trend, BPO jobs saw a massive 113%
increase (from 2,945 jobs), and were the #1 fastest growing job type on in Q1 2013.

SEO rebounds from Q4 2012 as the industry adapts to Google Panda and Penguin
algorithms. Recovering from a 3% slump in the final quarter of 2012, SEO (up
8% from 10,147 jobs) saw a tentative recovery in the first quarter of 2013,
fuelled by a reliance on content-based strategies, which tend to suffer
minimal damage from search algorithm changes. This is reflected in a huge
rebound for Article Submission (up 54% from 1,864 jobs) and Technical Writing
(up 26% from 3,490 jobs).

Freelancer Fast 50 for Q1 2013

Rank Category                Jobs in Q4 2012 Jobs in Q1 2013 Growth (%)
1.   BPO                     6266            2945            112.8%
2.   Article Submission      2879            1864            54.5%
3.   Technical Writing       4406            3490            26.2%
4.   3D Modeling             1776            1463            21.4%
5.   Email Marketing         1207            1001            20.6%
6.   Android                 5154            4278            20.5%
7.   PowerPoint              1502            1247            20.4%
8.   Wordpress               10601           8820            20.2%
9.   HTML5                   4592            3823            20.1%
10.  Illustrator             2400            1999            20.1%
11.  eCommerce               4592            3859            19.0%
12.  Twitter                 2630            2232            17.8%
13.  Shopping Carts          3458            2942            17.5%
14.  PSD to HTML             2367            2021            17.1%
15.  Photoshop Design        1246            1085            14.8%
16.  Bulk Marketing          2842            2481            14.6%
17.  CSS                     10319           9009            14.5%
18.  Magento                 2564            2240            14.5%
19.  3D Rendering            1572            1388            13.3%
20.  Web Search              6963            6173            12.8%
21.  Graphic Design          32175           28562           12.6%
22.  HTML                    29730           26396           12.6%
23.  iPad                    2266            2035            11.4%
24.  Leads                   3471            3133            10.8%
25.  Telemarketing           1120            1018            10.0%
26.  PHP                     43583           39867           9.3%
27.  Website Design          30276           27860           8.7%
28.  Articles                12070           11141           8.3%
29.  Report Writing          1538            1426            7.9%
30.  Advertising             5600            5193            7.8%
31.  SEO                     10922           10147           7.6%
32.  Link Building           7358            6836            7.6%
33.  jQuery / Prototype      3781            3522            7.4%
34.  Word                    4887            4559            7.2%
35.  Joomla                  3558            3322            7.1%
36.  Logo Design             7598            7134            6.5%
37.  3D Animation            1759            1652            6.5%
38.  Database Administration 1164            1101            5.7%
39.  C++ Programming         2331            2210            5.5%
40.  Banner Design           2132            2022            5.4%
41.  Video Services          1911            1816            5.2%
42.  iPhone                  5552            5294            4.9%
43.  C Programming           3179            3049            4.3%
44.  Java                    3399            3274            3.8%
45.  Marketing               8773            8490            3.3%
46.  MySQL                   14410           14017           2.8%
47.  Translation        3261            3288            -0.8%
48.  Facebook                6284            6569            -4.3%
49.  YouTube                 1309            1499            -12.7%
50.  Data Mining             1243            1509            -17.6%

This data was extracted from 283,490 jobs posted on in Q1 2013,
up from 261,003 in Q4 2012. The Fast 50 is the leading gauge of
online hiring trends.

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