If you have data analysis or virtual assistance skills, you’re in high demand right now.
That’s according to the latest figures from Freelancer.com’s Q3 Fast 50 quarterly index that shows which skills are seeing the fastest employer demand.
In the third quarter of 2019, demand for those with data analytics skills rose by 58.9 per cent as employers seek workers who can interpret data and identify trends.
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“From using big data to understand cryptocurrency to improve firefighting, it’s no surprise data
analytics shot into the number one most in demand skill during Q3 2019,” Freelancer.com said in a statement.
Projects on the platform can range from developing trading strategies to understanding business trends.
“The demand from data analytics indicates more savvy businesses are seeking these highly specialised freelancers to help determine business decisions that increase revenue, improve operations, respond to emerging market trends and gain a competitive edge, while virtual assistants are streamlining processes and creating efficiencies and cost savings,” said Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie.
Virtual assistants are also in need right now, with a 55.6 per cent increase in these jobs such as data entry or social media posting.
While the big tech companies busy themselves with creating smart AI-powered virtual assistants, other businesses will turn to the next best thing: the human virtual assistant, who can be experts in customer service to social media marketing and blog posting.
These jobs are well-suited to those who want to work from home or work around their other job, Freelancer.com said.
“These versatile freelancers are well placed to see demand for their skills continue to rise as entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior management delegate administrative tasks to others so they can focus on growth.”
Microsoft Office (54.19 per cent), copy typing (53.01 per cent) and transcription (52.24 per cent) rounded out the top five fastest-growing skills on Freelancer.com right now.
Freelancing skills where demand is freefalling
Interestingly, the skills that saw the greatest decline in demand were Matlab and Mathematica at -23.81 per cent; mechanical engineering (-19.65 per cent); and algorithm (-14.92 per cent).
But this drop isn’t expected to hold up for long, according to the freelancing platform.
“Matlab and Mathematica and algorithm skills factor heavily into artificial intelligence and
machine learning, so it's likely these skills will see a strong rebound in demand in the months
Here’s Freelancer.com’s 2019 Q3 Fast 50:
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