When we released The Upwork 100, a list of the 100 most in-demand skills on Upwork in Q3 of 2019, we shared a few observations from our chief economist, Adam Ozimek, PhD. His highlights included the global demand for U.S.-based talent and the higher rates commanded by professionals whose skills are included on the list.
What other insights that can be gleaned from such an extended list? Here are three other trends that Dr. Ozimek has talked about in recent interviews.
1. Skills can be relatively niche
Some skills, such as business planning and interviewing, reflect broader business needs. But there’s also a lot of demand for tool and technology-specific expertise. “What’s fascinating is this list includes emerging skills such as Asana, which is a web-based management tool,” Dr. Ozimek said in an interview with the Associated Press. “You don’t just need someone who is a programmer; you need someone with very specific skills.”
2. Leading-edge skills aren’t the only ones in demand
Flexible talent can be an effective way to access the newest emerging skills, but The Upwork 100 shows that businesses are looking for more than just emerging IT skills. “Some of these are brand new skills that haven’t existed for long, but some of them are really, really old skills that have been around a long time, like bookkeeping,” Dr. Ozimek told TechRepublic.
3. The types of industries looking for talent are diverse
Speaking to the range of industries that are engaging talent on Upwork, Dr. Ozimek said it’s “all over the place.” The top 10 industries engaging experts for skills on the Upwork 100 list include:
- Internet Software & Services
- Consumer Discretionary
- Consumer Staples
- Specialized Consumer Services
Want to learn more? Read the complete Upwork 100 list and analysis here.