Fastest-growing outsourcing jobs in Q3

Freelancer.com reports growth in contract listings for Facebook, social networking, HTML5 jobs

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Contract development jobs related to Apple's Cocoa API, Facebook, social networking and HTML5 increased in the third quarter, according to outsourcing and crowdsourcing job marketplace Freelancer.com.

While the biggest percentage increase in posted jobs was for Google Adsense copywriters (up 76%) and 3D modeling (64%), jobs working on Apple's Cocoa were up 55% over the second quarter, Freelancer.com said.

Here are the top 10, listed by percentage gain:

1. Google Adsense -- 76%
2. 3D -- 64%
3. Cocoa -- 55%
4. Product descriptions -- 43%
5. HTML5 -- 38%
6. Social networking -- 36%
7. Animation -- 32%
8. Facebook -- 32%
9. CSS -- 32%
10. Web scraping -- 28%

However, available jobs fell in the third quarter for some specialties. Here are the biggest losers:

1. Banner design -- -17%
2. User interface -- -14%
3. CMS -- -13%
4. Java -- -13%
5. Illustration -- -13%
6. Report writing -- -13%
7. PSD to HTML -- -12%
8. Script install -- -12%
9. Flash -- -10%

Those numbers above represent trends. How about total jobs? Here's a list below from the Freelancer Fast 50:

1. SEO -- 9,627 jobs listed
2. MySQL -- 7,744
3. Link building -- 6,727
4. Facebook -- 6,149
5. Wordpress -- 5,026
6. Logo design -- 4,783
7. Excel -- 4,683
8. CSS -- 4,220
9. Social networking -- 4,193
10. Blog -- 3,540
11. AJAX -- 3,448

And those categories with the fewest jobs listed:

1. CMS -- 613
2. eBooks -- 641
3. Drupal -- 664
4. ActionScript -- 716
5. Cocoa -- 743
6. XML -- 769
7. YouTube -- 870

As I mentioned above, the lists of total jobs comes from Freelancer.com's Fast 50, which for some bizarre reason doesn't include PHP jobs. Those totaled 25,639, a gain of 3.3% over Q2.

Freelancer.com also notes that Android job growth is slowing, with Q2's 20% increase in jobs falling to 8% in the third quarter. Regarding BlackBerry jobs, which fell by 6% in Q3, Freelancer.com said, "We have certainly seen a complete disinterest in Blackberry Playbook projects."

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