While there might be uncertainty about jobs in the real world, there's one place where hiring is thriving-the online world.
According to Elance, the online work platform, online hiring and freelancer earnings have set new records in Asia in the first quarter of 2013.
A survey by Elance shows that demand for online talent surged with the need for mobile development and Web programming leading the charge. The demand for mobile and cloud talent continues to soar: job posts calling for expertise in Windows Azure (+248%), Amazon Web Services (+38%), iOS (+97%) and Android (+71%) have all surged in Q1 2013 versus a year ago. Cross-platform HTML5 keeps up with a 72% growth, and job posts for software languages like Python and C# have grown 132% and 117%, respectively.
Jobs for expert talent with writing skills also expanded. For example, content writing (+151%) and blog writing (+78%) made huge leaps over the past year, as well as Web design (+205%) and graphic design (+165%), with the biggest increases for Photoshop (+165%) and Illustrator (+131%) experts.
Given this surge in online work, Elance is currently looking to increase its reach and awareness in Asian cities. Elance continued to expand in the first quarter of 2013 with approximately 100,000 new businesses (+30%) on Elance and almost 270,000 job postings, compared to Q1 2012.
Eye on Singapore
Singapore was in Q1 2013 ranked as the 7th largest country globally in terms of hiring online freelancers.
The number of businesses hiring on Elance in Asia and, particularly in Singapore, has increased dramatically, driving strong growth in freelancer earnings.
In Asia, new client registrations on Elance reached 24,959 in Q1 this year, a 51% growth compared to Q1 2012. More than 27,000 job posts were published in the same period, a 76% growth from last year's Q1.
Most popular skills in demand by Singaporean businesses were PHP, graphic design, creative writing, as well as HTML. Clients in Singapore hired most freelancers from India, United States, Pakistan, United Kingdom and Philippines.
As of February 2012, 35% of Elance freelancers are based in Asia. India and the Philippines had the largest number of freelancers (340,890 and 85,621 freelancers respectively).
The company has already established presence in Bangladesh and in Philippines.
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