The Freelancer.co.uk Fast 50 offers a comprehensive insight into online job trends and high on the agenda for the second quarter of this year is the dominance of Apple iOS over the Android market.
Despite predictions that Android would overtake the Apple iPhone by the end of 2012 for the rate of growth for new iPhone apps has increased resulting in a 30 per cent rise in new jobs. Android, meanwhile could manage growth of just 20 per cent.
iPad jobs have accelerated even faster, increasing its quarter on quarter growth rate from 19 per cent in Q1 to 26 per cent in Q2. Generic Mobile Phone jobs across the board were up a whopping 36 per cent to 5,709.
“Two clear trends are evident,” commented Freelancer.co.uk Chief Executive, Matt Barrie. “Firstly, user activity is moving to mobile devices and the trend won’t be reversing any time soon as the other 5 billion people on this planet join the Internet, primarily through mobile. Secondly, the Internet is becoming more interactive, and the technologies that are winning and will continue to win are open standards like HTML5 and jQuery- to the detriment of the incumbents proprietary technology providers like Adobe and Microsoft.”
Indeed, the current jobs outlook in the online sector suggests that businesses are hoping to weather the economic downturn with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Back-office positions, from virtual assistants to data entry clerks, were up strongly across the board. Virtual Assistants were up 18 per cent, demand for MS Word processing skyrocketed 119 per cent Data Processing was up by 16 per cent and MS Excel up by 13 per cent.