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Web Tech Skills PHP, Java, in High Demand

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A new report released by the job site Elance shows a growth in tech contractor hiring, up 46% from this time last year on  After job losses in IT rose to five percent last quarter, the Elance report is welcome reassurance.  It's a testament to the strength of the tech sector one year after the recession hit hard in October 2008.

The Elance Work Index ranks the top 100 skills in demand from their site's job postings each month.  The right column indicates how many ranks a skill has jumped.

Elance Work Index: October 2009

RankSkill  Change
 1 PHP 0
 2Content Writing +7
 3 Article Writing
 4 HTML +2
 5 Graphic Design
 6 Joomla! +15
 7 CSS 0
 8 Illustrator +8
 9 WordPress +1
 10 Web Content
 11 MySQL -6
 12 Copywriting +7
 13 Creative Writing
 14 Social Media Marketing
 15 SEO +3
 16 AJAX +6
 17 Data Entry
 18 Academic Writing
 19 Photoshop -7
 20 Adobe Flash
 21 Logo Design
 22 Direct Marketing
 23 Admin Assistant
 24 Java +36
 25 JavaScript -14

About 300k new jobs are posted Elance each year.  Click here to view the entire top 100.

Tech skills continue to dominate the rankings with 11 of the top 25 rankings.  PHP has been ranked #1 since March with the exception of August, when it was ranked #2.  Java made a huge leap this month, jumping 36 spots to # 24.

Elance says tight budgets and growing workloads are driving the growth of online work.  More IT and operations managers now hire, manage, and pay contractors online.  



Edison Leon replied on Tue, 2009/11/24 - 2:09pm

Good to know!

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