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World – Freelancer.com lists Q1 fastest-growing skills, visual effects platform on top

26 April 2018

After Effects skills were the fastest-growing skill set in the first quarter’s “Fast 50 Report” by online staffing firm Freelancer.com. Jobs demanding skills in After Effects, a visual effects software product by Adobe, rose 109.3% from the fourth quarter, according to the Sydney-based firm.

The report analysed more than 415,000 jobs posted in the first quarter on Freelancer.com. Other fast-growing skills included US English and UK English

Email developer skills ranked as the skills falling in demand at the fastest pace with 87.2% fewer jobs in the first quarter calling for these skills.

Freelancer.com noted demand for skills can change significantly over a matter of three months or less.

“We see that year after year gig economy and gig workers are relentlessly evolving,” Chief Executive Matt Barrie said. “Freelancing is a breeding ground for new and creative ideas which the modern corporate world is in search of.”

Skills Q4 2017 Q1 2018 Increase/Decrease (%)
After Effects            3,052            6,388 109.3
English (US)            5,200          10,581 103.48
English (UK)            3,556            7,111 99.97
Illustrator          13,905          25,127 80.7
Search Engine Marketing            1,335            2,384 78.57
Adobe InDesign            1,425            2,444 71.5
System Admin            2,506            4,229 68.75
Algorithm            1,596            2,661 66.72
Audio Services            1,488            2,465 65.65
Angular.js            2,591            4,237 63.52
Objective C            1,893            3,071 62.22
C# Programming            5,505            8,926 62.14
Audio Production            1,053            1,691 60.58
Javascript          17,115          27,228 59.08
.NET            4,314            6,833 58.39
3D Design            4,534            7,106 56.72
Linux            5,218            8,005 53.41
Python            7,100          10,761 51.56
Data Mining            1,942            2,943 51.54
Arabic            1,214            1,838 51.4
Article Rewriting            8,083          12,216 51.13
CAD/CAM            2,128            3,204 50.56
Electronics            2,205            3,308 50.02
Legal            1,154            1,722 49.22
Arduino            1,024            1,522 48.63
Voice Artist            1,118                683 -38.9
Leads            6,104            3,620 -40.69
Embedded Software            1,013                582 -42.54
Microsoft Office            3,118            1,788 -42.65
Article Submission            1,229                687 -44.1
Website Management            2,108            1,150 -45.44
Google Plus            2,394            1,263 -47.24
Product Descriptions            2,761            1,455 -47.3
Freelance            1,616                826 -48.88
Drupal            1,421                713 -49.82
Stationery Design            1,454                722 -50.34
Reviews            1,522                699 -54.07
Pinterest            2,458                973 -60.41
Book Artist            1,133                447 -60.54
App Developer            4,944            1,862 -62.33
Motion Graphics            1,711                605 -64.64
Manufacturing            1,459                510 -65.04
Package Design            1,164                390 -66.49
Industrial Design            1,104                362 -67.21
App Designer            2,300                649 -71.78
Label Design            1,092                308 -71.79
Shopping Carts            6,124            1,650 -73.05
Software Development          10,929            2,608 -76.13
Payroll            1,324                306 -76.88
Email Developer            1,726                221 -87.195

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