Android set to outstrip iPhone in app development jobs
Outsourced jobs in Android app development rocketed 33 per cent in the last quarter of 2011, hinting that by the end of 2012 Android should be close to overtaking jobs created by iPhone app development.
The trend is identified in the latest update from Freelancer.com, the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace.
Programming and data entry jobs soared in Q4. The research, which details jobs posted on the site from its three million strong user base, also shows that:-
• Google AdSense jobs dropped 21 per cent, the biggest fall of jobs this quarter
• HTML5 continued to grow strongly, up 41 per cent and remains poised to overtake Flash by mid-2012
• Blackberry jobs rose only two per cent, and Symbian and Windows app development was flat
The Freelancer.com figures highlight global trends and patterns within technologies, drawing on details of projects being completed in over 240 countries. The above trends were identified in the quarter’s 134,000 posted jobs.
The latest stats revealed Freelancer.com’s 50 fastest growing online job categories for the last quarter of 2011.
Chief executive, Matt Barrie, said “As the largest outsourcing marketplace in the world with over three million freelancers and 1.3 million jobs posted to date, the Freelancer.com Fast 50 provides unparalleled and timely insights into online job trends, success and failure in the product marketplace and market share in application support for a range of companies, technologies and products.
“134,820 jobs were posted in the fourth quarter, up from 114,000 jobs in Q3.
“Overall, online projects were up over 18 per cent for the quarter. The sophistication and nature of jobs continues to amaze us as we see jobs outsourced in areas as diverse as astrophysics, genetic engineering and industrial design.”
Top trends for Q4 2011
• AdSense jobs pull back after surging in Q3: Google’s Panda Update decimated content writing jobs in Q2 2011, before recovering strongly in Q3 2011. These jobs have pulled back in Q4 2011 with Google AdSense jobs plummeting 21 percent (from 1,051 to 826), scoring the biggest fall of all jobs for the quarter. Google AdSense topped the leader board for risers in Q3 2011, having risen 76 percent. Other big risers from last quarter were flat or fell; Ghostwriting jobs down 21 percent to 3,382, Reviews up 9 percent to 2,251, Travel Writing down 47 percent.
• Android takes off again in Q4. After a slow Q3, Android jobs rocketed up 33 percent (to 2,454) in Q4. Apple iPhone jobs grew 18 percent (to 3,682). By the end of 2012, Android should be close to overtaking the iPhone for the rate of development of new applications. Apple iPad jobs rose 22 percent (to 1692). Blackberry jobs were flat, up 2 percent, but with volumes too low to register on the Fast 50. As reported before, Symbian and Windows phone applications do not even move the dial. Nokia was down 19 percent to insignificant numbers. Amazon Kindle was up 27 percent but again on insignificant volumes.
• Data Entry jobs exploded in Q4 up 54 percent (from 10,146 to 15,651 jobs) topping the leader board as the technology industry and information services boom. We saw tremendous growth in these jobs as entrepreneurial startups hired freelance teams to conduct market research, competitive analysis and build a huge variety of information services. Similarly Microsoft Excel jobs were up 51 percent (to 7,056), Data Processing up 39 percent (to 6,705).
• Programming jobs likewise exploded in Q4 2011 as the tech industry soared. Q4 2011 saw a strong increase in applications developed in C++ (up 38 per cent to 2,214), Java (up 36 per cent to 2,513), C (up 27 per cent to 1,953), .NET (up 27 per cent to 346) and C# (up 20 per cent to 2,124), although PHP still dominates the web (up 13 per cent to 28,872).
• HTML5 continues to grow strongly, up 41 per cent (to 1,585), trouncing Flash (up 6 per cent to 2,955). As predicted last Fast 50, HTML5 will overtake Flash by mid-2012.
• Cloud Computing Jobs are still way too low to register on the Fast 50, but it is interesting to note that Amazon Web Services Jobs were up 24 per cent (to 314), Google App Engine is experiencing lacklustre interest (down 19 per cent to 151), and no-one at all is interested in Microsoft Azure (down 32 per cent to a paltry 13 jobs).
• Other Winners & Losers: Facebook (up 29 per cent to 7,947) and Social Networking (up 26 per cent to 5,276) jobs continued to fly. Google+ jobs appeared for the first time, but were too low to register on the Fast 50 as yet (0 to 279). MySpace fell 35 per cent and off the edge of the Earth.