Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, released its newest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market. The Upwork Skills Index ranks the site’s 20 fastest-growing skills in a quarterly series. It sheds light on new and emerging skills and provides real-time validation of current trends in the labor market and tech industry.
The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q2 2018 experienced more than 150 percent year-over-year growth, while demand for the top ten skills grew more than 500 percent compared to the same time period last year (Q2 2017).
The Top 20 Fastest Growing Skills, Q2 2018:
- Google Cloud Platform
- Risk management
- Product photography
- Rapid prototyping
- Google App Engine API
- Go development
- Apple UIKit
- Enterprise architecture
- Atlassian Confluence
- Apple Xcode
- Customer retention
- Articulate storyline
- Scala development
Blockchain topped the list as the fastest-growing skill in Q2 out of more than 5,000 on Upwork.com for the second consecutive quarter. Its year-over-year growth has exceeded 2,000 percent for the past four quarters, and it experienced more than 3,500 percent year-over-year growth in Q2.
Blockchain (a decentralized way to record information digitally) shows huge potential for businesses, causing a spike in demand for experts familiar with the technology.
Google Cloud Platform is the second fastest-growing skill in Q2.
Volusion, ranking at No. 3 is rapidly growing as more small and medium-sized businesses look to set up online stores. Its growth spiked during the same quarter the company announced the successful migration of its 30,000 eCommerce stores to Google Cloud Platform.
Risk management, which involves understanding, analyzing and addressing risk to ensure an organization achieves its goals, saw a surge in demand in Q2, earning it a spot on the index for the first time. With heightened scrutiny across every aspect of business, companies are putting greater emphasis on overall risk management, and having an independent risk management function is a regulatory expectation today, according to Deloitte’s Global Risk Management Survey.
Product photography also appeared on the list for the first time as sellers look to specialists who can produce quality product images, which 67 percent of people rate more important than product information, detailed descriptions and reviews.
Google’s App Engine API saw tremendous growth and ranks at No. 7.
SCORM a set of technical standards for eLearning software products ranks at No. 8.
Apple also announced an Xcode integration with GitLab (ranking at No. 9) that makes it easier to work with Xcode projects hosted in the popular Git repository manager. In addition to importing more than 100,000 repositories from GitHub following the competitor’s impending acquisition by Microsoft, GitLab experienced a surge in demand on Upwork in Q2, indicating its growing popularity among the development community.
Go development a programming language that can be used to create a blockchain, also appeared on the list at No. 10.
UIKit a framework that is part of Xcode and allows you to construct and manage a user interface for all iOS and tvOS apps, ranks at No. 11 .
TensorFlow ranks at No. 13, is a Google’s machine learning platform for the masses. It’s in high-demand as companies leverage the framework to build natural language processing apps, recommendation engines, image recognition software and other applications powered by machine learning.
Xcode, ranking at No. 15 is an integrated development environment (IDE) for macOS that enables you to create apps using Swift (Apple’s programming language) for all Apple platforms, including macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Companies are seeking freelance developers with Xcode knowledge to build their apps, causing an increase in demand for the skill during the same quarter Apple announced Xcode 10 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
eLearning ranks at No. 16 and has become a key method in staying up-to-date with emerging skills and industry best practices.
Articulate Storyline ranks at No. 18 is a software for creating interactive courses. Businesses are enlisting freelance specialists to create strategies and solutions that provide on-the-job training for employees, who are almost half as likely as freelancers to participate in skill-related education.
Node.js ranks at No. 19 is a popular runtime environment, which Google Cloud announced support for in its App Engine (a fully-managed application platform that lets you deploy web and mobile applications without worrying about the infrastructure).
The Upwork Skills Index calculates year-over-year growth rates based on freelancer billings through Upwork in Q2 2018 versus Q2 2017. The next quarterly Upwork Skills Index will be released fall 2018.
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