Data analytics and virtual assistant skills are seeing a big jump in demand from employers, who are looking for professionals to work from a remote location. Freelancer.com, which claims to be world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace globally by users and number of jobs posted, recently released Fast 50, a quarterly index of the most sought after skills.

The top 10 jobs in Freelancer.com's Fast 50 index that saw a big jump in demand during the quarter included data analytics, virtual assistant, Microsoft Office, copy typing, transcription, Russian translation, bookkeeping, email handling and customer support. According to the index, data analytics and virtual assistants jobs saw the biggest jump in employer demand. Demand grew 58.9% and 55.6% respectively in the September quarter.

Freelancer.com says that during the quarter 473,000 jobs were posted globally on its website. The Fast 50 index charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing job type categories within its global online marketplace.

Top Freelancing jobs of the September quarter, according to Freelancer.com report:

1. Data Analytics

"With the data analytics market forecast to grow to $275 billion by 2023, the 58.9% growth (from 1114 to 1770 jobs) in demand on Freelancer.com during the third quarter indicates a significant demand for crowdsourcing skills in this field to draw interpretations from data," the report said. Projects on the Freelancer.com range from developing trading strategies to understanding business trends.

2. Virtual Assistants

Demand for these virtual assistants via Freelancer.com saw a strong 55.6% growth in the September quarter, from 7,925 to 12,329. "Virtual Assistants can cover a wide range of tasks, with projects posted on Freelancer.com calling for expertise in everything from providing customer service to social media marketing and blog posting," the report said.

3. Microsoft Office

Demand for professionals with Microsoft Excel skills remained strong. "This skill set is often much more complex than just typing and data entry, with one freelancer on the platform using his Excel and programming skills to automate a task and reduce the time it took from 20 hours each week to just one hour," the report said.

4. Copy Typing

Copy-typing remained in the top 10 for the second quarter in a row. In September quarter, demand rose 53% (6,988 to 10,692), following a 50% rise in the June quarter. In addition to data cleaning, employers are seeking skilled freelancers who specialize in transferring handwritten notes into an editable format, the report said.

5. Transcription

Freelancers specializing in transcription were hired for 3,981 projects in the September quarter, up 52.2% from the June quarter, the report said.

Other trends:

Book writing and translation services emerged as trends to watch

Translation skills in Russian shot into the number 7 spot, accompanied by English, Spanish and French at numbers 20, 21 and 24 respectively



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