Australians spent 2021 learning new languages, redesigning their gardens and refreshing their homes, new data from Airtasker revealed, as lockdown kept users at home and dreaming of travel.
Airtasker flex workers earned a collective $75 million in 2021 as demand for jobs surged, the data released on Thursday revealed, with tattoo artists, Olympic sports instructors and landscape designers in high demand.
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“Throughout the year, it’s been rewarding to see our community lean on one another to get things done, and create some great earning opportunities in the process,” Airtasker co-founder and CEO Tim Fung said.
“As we look forward to 2022, we’re excited to see customers and taskers rely on Airtasker as a practical solution in getting things done and/or making money doing things they enjoy.”
Highest-earning in-demand categories for 2021
Landscape gardeners: $774 average task price
Carpenters: $675 average task price
Painters: $603 average task price
Full house removals: $362 average task price
Handyman: $286 average task price
While landscape gardeners earned the most, removalists were the most in demand, with Airtasker posting 300,000 tasks requiring these workers.
In terms of home jobs, cleaners, handymen and furniture installers were also in demand.
Aussies watching the Olympics were also inspired to see how far they could push themselves, with requests related to contact sports up 133 per cent.
At the same time, kayaking and surfing lessons increased 20 per cent, while demand for fitness trainers increased by 12 per cent.
Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians admitted to feeling overwhelmed by their to-do list in May, and Airtasker said this problem hadn’t shifted by the end of lockdown, with home help tasks climbing 46 per cent in October.
Tattoo requests rose 265 per cent in October 2021 compared to the previous month, as much of NSW and Victoria exited lockdown. Tattoo design and artist requests climbed 36 per cent over the year, while hairdressers and beauty treatments were also in high demand.
Australians also kept an eye on international and domestic borders, with language tuition requests climbing 32 per cent and house-sitting up 15 per cent.