World – Freelancer.com reports jump in jobs, lists fastest growing and declining jobs for Q2 – Staffing Industry Analysts - Freelance Rack

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World – Freelancer.com reports jump in jobs, lists fastest growing and declining jobs for Q2 – Staffing Industry Analysts

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09 July 2020

Freelancer.com reported the number of jobs posted on its online staffing platform in the second quarter increased by 41% year-over-year to 605,000 amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The increase over the first quarter was 25%.

Mathematics and statistics jobs were among the fastest growing, according to the company’s Fast 50 Report for Q2 2020, listing the 50 fastest-growing and fastest-declining jobs. The report was released last week.

The Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report tracks the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining jobs on the site’s global online marketplace that spans 247 countries, regions, and territories. The Fast 50 Report is an indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies.

“The freelance online job market continues to flourish in spite of global challenges,” Freelancer.com CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie said. “Towards the very end of Q1 2020 was the start of a deluge of demand and Q2 2020, the number of users that joined our platform, including freelancers and employers looking for freelancers, surged enormously.”

“While Covid-19 has been the trigger of the already upward trending freelancer movement, this exponential growth can also be attributed to the strong desire for individuals to finally start their own freelance enterprise, work on their own terms and supplement their income. These are promising times and positive signs for the gig economy,” Barrie said.

 Freelancer.com noted “local jobs” fell by 36% in the second quarter to 1,174 amid the pandemic. These include onsite tasks such as cleaning a home or assembling Ikea furniture.

Barrie explained that the shift in requested skill sets from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 is reflective of companies reassessing skill utilisation and shifting or hiring freelance resources accordingly, changing demands of employers and business model modifications due to Covid-19 business practices and workforce efficiencies. Furthermore, Barrie highlighted shifts in market demands based on economic conditions due to Covid-19, from the back end of Q1 2020 and throughout Q2 2020, with a renewed focus on planning and budgeting, as well as a boost in the skilled labour pool around the world and the need for more flexible freelancers to work on a project basis.



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