Demand is growing for freelance data analytics professionals who can help companies gain insight from their numbers and wrangle data for processing, according to Freelancer.com’s Fast 50 Report. 

The quarterly report tracks the top 50 fastest growing and declining job type categories within Freelancer.com’s global online marketplace. 

During Q3, jobs in the data analytics category grew 58.9 per cent, from 1114 to 1770 jobs, demonstrating an increased need for employers to seek skilled workers to analyse and interpret data and identify emerging trends.

Also in the field of data analytics, demand for ​data processing skills remains strong with continued growth at 38.6 per cent in Q3, compared with Q2, 2019. Copy typing, which includes data cleaning, was the fourth fastest growing skill.

The second fastest growing freelancer listing (up 55.6 per cent) was for virtual assistants – humans who work remotely to complete administrative tasks ranging from data entry to social media posting. 

“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 Matt Barrie, Freelancer CEO and founder. 

According to Freelancer.com, the report is the leading forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies. 

Book writing and translation services emerged as trends to watch.

Book writing is an outlier in the Q3 2019 Fast 50, with demand growing 29.6 per cent (2,134 to 2,766) to place it 19th in the fastest growing list. It was the only creative arts skills to crack the top 25. Translation skills in Russian shot into the number seven spot, accompanied by English, Spanish and French at numbers 20, 21 and 24 respectively.

The top 10 jobs in Q3:

  1. Data Analytics
  2. Virtual assistants
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Copy typing
  5. Transcription
  6. Word
  7. Russian
  8. Bookkeeping
  9. Email handling
  10. Customer support
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