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Fastest growing online jobs in 2012

31 Jan 2013

Website hosting has topped the list of the fastest growing online tacking trends in the online jobs market, according to

Jobs in this field skyrocketed to over 3300%, reaching 4,059 jobs, as more and more businesses move into the cloud, with most of these jobs involving moving established sites to the cloud, or sending new cloud-hosted sites live.

The standout performer was Amazon Web Services however, which saw an increase of 466% during the last quarter, hitting 1,895 jobs.

“The Freelancer fastest report is a fairly unique leading indicator of the online economy”, says Matt Barrie, CEO,

“It is well  placed to provide insights into ups and downs in the demand for skills, technologies, products and performance of companies through analysis of over one hundred thousand jobs per quarter being posted online”, he continued.

The online workplace says Microsoft desktop apps took off after the release of Windows 8, with demand exceeding 305% (1,923 jobs), although volumes are still low compared to other architectures.

MS Word and Powerpoint saw growth spurts of 211% (to 4578 jobs) and 309% (to 1,253 jobs) respectively.

Are we seeing Apple AppFatigue?

With a crowded marketplace of over one million apps now in the Apple App Store, says developers for Apple mobile platforms are showing signs of app-fatigue.

In Q4 Apple iOS jobs dropped for the first time since the report started being published, with iPhone jobs dropping 3.8%, to 5,298 jobs and those for the iPad fell 14% to 2,036 jobs.

This was reflected in Apple’s share price, which plummeted 20% over the quarter but Android on the other hand gained 7%, to 4,282 jobs, as shipments for the open platform overtook those of Apple.

"This is a huge platform change,” says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google.

“This is of the scale of 20 years ago — Microsoft versus Apple. We're winning that pretty clearly now."

Social Media

Social media and Internet Marketing jobs continue to fall out of favour in the wake of constant platform and search index changes.

And despite the boom in internet traffic, continual changes and negative reports have left advertisers confused whether using social networks as an advertising platform will pay off in the end.

According to the New York times, only 14% of digital advertising budgets are currently allocated to social networking.

That doubt was reflected in the online jobs market according to the report, where Social Networking projects declined 5.1%, to 5,820 jobs.

Both Facebook, down 8.4% to 7,186 jobs, and Twitter, down 6.4% to 2,240 jobs, also felt the pinch as the industry faces struggles for the year ahead.