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Freelancer.com reveals the Fast 50 small business trends driving online employment for Q1 2014

SYDNEY, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile developers are now putting Android first; 3D printing, concept design and architectural work drive a large increase in 3D jobs; After Candy Crush and Flappy Bird, Mobile Phone jobs skyrocket; Content is King again: content strategies rebound as marketers gain confidence; BPO shows strong growth as businesses continue to strip the fat.

In Q1 2014, over 270,000 jobs were analysed to provide a snapshot of the global business ecosystem. Freelancer.com Chief Executive Matt Barrie said: "The Freelancer Fast 50 data is the leading forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products and companies".

Mobile developers are now putting Android first. In Q2 of 2013, the number of Android jobs (7,073 jobs) overtook iPhone (6,989 jobs) for the first time; now in Q1 2014, Android is continuing its reign with a 33.9% increase to 11,141 jobs versus iPhone's 32.0% to 10,207 jobs. While the iPhone still has a foothold in the developed world, Android is growing like wildfire in the developing world where sales of handsets in Asia using the Android OS are growing at reported 5% month-on-month. The low cost iPhone 5C's attempt to address this has also been a flop, providing CEO Tim Cook a headache. Cook announced at the start of the quarter that sales of the 5C had been less than anticipated.

3D printing, concept design and architectural work drive a large increase 3D jobs. Q1 2014 saw a dramatic leap in all things three-dimensional. 3D Rendering leapt 43.9% (to 2,784 jobs), 3D Animation increased 35.7% (to 3,183 jobs) and 3D Modeling saw an increase of 34.5% (to 3,230 jobs). The intense interest in 3D slapped the world in the face with the recent acquisition of Oculus Rift by Facebook, which purchased the virtual reality headset for $2 billion at the end of March. 3D Imagery allows businesses to bring their products and services to life while connecting with their users in a new and exciting way. The global fascination is being spurred on by notable advances in 3D Printing - with technological advances fuelling rapid cost-reductions, tech retailers are salivating at the thought of affordable 3D printers under Christmas trees when the 2014 Holiday season arrives. Likewise, Graphic Design jobs were up (to 51,389 jobs), Illustration jobs were up 32.7% (to 3,308 jobs), and Animation jobs up 21.3% (to 2,755 jobs).

After Candy Crush and Flappy Bird, Mobile Phone jobs skyrocket. In the wake of the Flappy Bird phenomena, apps were in hot demand this quarter. Mobile Phone jobs were up 35.3% (to 13,340 jobs). Flappy Bird, first developed with little fanfare in 2013, had a resurgence in the beginning of 2014, with developer Dong Nguyen claiming he was bringing in more than $50k a day in advertising revenue. Likewise King.com's Candy Crush saw eye popping growth in revenue, making $1.9 billion in revenue in 2013 from a game only launched in April 2012. King.com went public on the NYSE in the quarter.

Content is King again: content strategies rebound as marketers gain confidence. Content related jobs fell away in the last few years in the wake of Google's Panda and Penguin updates. Q1 saw an extremely strong rebound in content writing related jobs; Ghostwriting rose 41.5% (to 5,807 jobs) and Copywriting lifted 17.7% (to 8,029 jobs) as savvy business owners reengage freelancers to produce high quality content.

BPO shows strong growth as businesses continue to strip the fat. Businesses have started the New Year engaging online freelancers to increase organisational flexibility, freeing up full time employees to focus on their core competencies and drive company growth. Q1 Fast 50 saw Accounting rise 26.5% (to 1,374 jobs), Sales jobs increase 20.5% (to 5,057 jobs), Leads by 17.7% (to 3,755 jobs), Business Analysis by 15.8% (to 1,163 jobs) and Virtual Assistant jobs by 13.3% (to 2,181 jobs).

About Freelancer®

Triple Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world's largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and projects posted. Over 10.7 million registered users have posted 5.7 million projects and contests to date in over 600 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN.

Notes to the editor:



The data for the Freelancer Fast 50 for Q1 was taken from a total of 271,318 good* jobs in Q1, up 16.5% from 232,861 good jobs in Q4.


Job

Q1 '14

Q4 '13

Change %

3D Rendering

2784

1935

43.9

Ghostwriting

5807

4104

41.5

Software Development

1899

1372

38.4

3D Animation

3183

2345

35.7

Mobile Phone

13340

9859

35.3

3D Modelling

3230

2401

34.5

Android

11141

8320

33.9

Logo Design

13286

9981

33.1

Illustration

3308

2492

32.7

Telemarketing

1526

1153

32.4

iPhone

10207

7735

32.0

Objective C

2237

1720

30.1

Brochure Design

1647

1271

29.6

Photoshop Design

2266

1770

28.0

Accounting

1374

1086

26.5

Photo Editing

1617

1286

25.7

Visual Basic

2138

1708

25.2

After Effects

1312

1055

24.4

User Interface / IA

3584

2883

24.3

Graphic Design

51389

41983

22.4

Engineering

3497

2860

22.3

iPad

3133

2576

21.6

Animation

2755

2271

21.3

Sales

5057

4195

20.5

Web Scraping

3987

3325

19.9

Video Services

2907

2442

19.0

Wordpress

17861

15103

18.3

Database Administration

1476

1250

18.1

HTML5

7675

6513

17.8

Leads

3755

3190

17.7

Copywriting

8029

6823

17.7

ASP

1827

1562

17.0

.NET

4943

4235

16.7

Website Design

42859

36828

16.4

Business Analysis

1163

1004

15.8

Software Architecture

14004

12109

15.6

C# Programming

4285

3717

15.3

Photoshop

10216

8902

14.8

Web Hosting

2223

1939

14.6

PSD to HTML

3382

2959

14.3

Copy Typing

2292

2009

14.1

Advertising

5608

4917

14.1

Shopping Carts

4430

3891

13.9

Software Testing

2371

2083

13.8

eCommerce

6401

5629

13.7

Javascript

9364

8245

13.6

HTML

42168

37185

13.4

Virtual Assistant

2181

1925

13.3

Data Processing

5744

5074

13.2

SQL

2608

2310

12.9


The Q4 Fast 50 for 2013 was not published due to the Initial Public Offering of Freelancer Limited. The data for Q4 and Q3 2013 below was taken from a total of 232,861 good* jobs in Q4, up 6.4% from 218,944 good jobs in Q3.


Job

Q4 '13

Q3 '13

Change %

C++ Programming

3609

2560

41.0

Creative Writing

1118

807

38.5

Java

5343

3966

34.7

Engineering

2860

2153

32.8

C Programming

3877

2973

30.4

Python

1403

1120

25.3

Academic Writing

8926

7131

25.2

Report Writing

2623

2102

24.8

Technical Writing

4940

4135

19.5

Animation

2271

1905

19.2

Android

8320

7073

17.6

Website Testing

1339

1158

15.6

Software Development

1372

1200

14.3

Linux

2674

2355

13.5

Mobile Phone

9859

8758

12.6

Software Architecture

12109

10896

11.1

Objective C

1720

1552

10.8

iPhone

7735

6989

10.7

Web Hosting

1939

1759

10.2

Bulk Marketing

2982

2718

9.7

Software Testing

2083

1909

9.1

Photo Editing

1286

1195

7.6

Anything Goes

3808

3552

7.2

Telemarketing

1153

1080

6.8

C# Programming

3717

3506

6.0

Database Administration

1251

1181

5.9

Javascript

8245

7801

5.7

Illustration

2492

2359

5.6

HTML5

6513

6166

5.6

Visual Basic

1708

1622

5.3

PHP

54912

52236

5.1

HTML

37185

35392

5.1

Graphic Design

41983

40027

4.9

Brochure Design

1271

1213

4.8

.NET

4235

4047

4.6

Ghostwriting

4104

3943

4.1

Website Design

36828

35391

4.1

Wordpress

15103

14541

3.9

Shopping Carts

3891

3747

3.8

SQL

2310

2231

3.5

Website Management

1445

1396

3.5

Photoshop

8902

8623

3.2

Illustrator

3412

3323

2.7

CSS

13726

13418

2.3

3D Animation

2345

2294

2.2

Email Marketing

1739

1705

2.0

jQuery / Prototype

4462

4386

1.7

Copywriting

6823

6709

1.7

User Interface / IA

2883

2835

1.7


* "Good" jobs are those which have been filtered for spam, reposts, or that are otherwise unlikely to be filled.

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