Data Entry tops Filipinos’ jobs, ‘Freelancer’ says; Writing is No. 1 in world’s 2018 ‘Fast 50 Report’

FREELANCER.COM has revealed the top 5 job types awarded to Filipinos on its website for the year 2018.

Data Entry led the list at number 1, followed at number 2 by PHP (Hypertect Preprocessor), third — Graphic Design, fourth — Excel, and, fifth — Photoshop. 

So, if you are thinking of any of these jobs, then you are in luck as borne by’s report on Filipinos’ jobs for the past 12 months.

The world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, which won 11 Webby awards, released its 50 faster growing online jobs in 2018.

Here’s the news released the “Fast 50 Report” sent by Bea Rodriguez, Communications manager at to SDN — Science and Digital News.

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Jobs aimed at developing, populating, promoting and marketing websites were among the fastest growing areas of online work in 2018, according to the latest Fast 50 Report.

SYDNEY, January, 15, 2019 — The vital importance of an online presence in today’s business landscape was driven home in 2018, with jobs aimed at developing, populating, promoting and marketing websites among the fastest growing areas of online work last year, according to’s latest Fast 50 Report.

The Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job categories on the marketplace, which claims more than 31 million users around the world and has facilitated over 15 million jobs to date. This special edition of the Fast 50 Report looks closely at the big job trends that dominated 2018 and also provides a snapshot of the fastest moving job types in Q4, 2018.

“ is the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the world by number of users and jobs posted, so the depth and breadth of data we are able to draw upon to uncover global online employment trends is unparalleled. This rich insight offers invaluable information to freelancers who want to maximise their skills and ensure they remain up to date and in step with the broader business market, which can be dynamic, with demand changing over time,” said CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie.

The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in 2018

Analysis of nearly two million jobs posted on in 2018 has revealed that online content was king in 2018, with both the first quarter and the final quarter of the year dominated by growth in jobs focused on the creation of websites and the content that populates them.

A surge in content-heavy jobs during the first three months of 2018 and again in the three months ending December 2018 saw the popularity of skills in writing, design and animation on the marketplace rise dramatically during the year, compared to the year prior.

This trend appears to give some credence to the proclamation by Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates in a 1996 essay entitled ‘Content is King’ that content is where he expected “much of the real money will be made on the Internet”.

While Gates conceded in his essay that his definition of the term ‘content’ becomes very wide in the context of the Internet, he is clear that opportunities would abound for most companies in supplying information or entertainment online.

“The broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment,” Gates wrote. “No company is too small to participate.”

Now, over two decades later, jobs being done online to create content on the Internet are quickly becoming some of the most popular, fastest-growing jobs being done by freelancers on the marketplace, demonstrating the dominance of content in today’s online world.

Year in review: the fastest moving jobs in 2018

The case for content

A prominent online presence is one of the top currencies of value for organisations today, with more business being conducted online than ever before. This is evident in the sheer volume of new jobs done on the marketplace in 2018 relating to web development and the creation of content for use online, along with jobs aimed at boosting the online presence of those websites.

Indeed, jobs aimed at getting compelling digital content online heavily populated the fastest growing job categories in 2018, with categories such as Writing, 2D Animation, Illustrator and After Effects all dominating the list top 25 fastest growing jobs over the course of 2018.

Writing was by far the fastest growing job category in 2018, growing by 537.5% compared to the previous year. Academic Writing also saw substantial growth over the year, claiming a place in the top 10 fastest growing skills categories for 2018.

Two other important areas in the creation of online content that were in the top 20 fastest growing areas in 2018 were Blog Writing jobs, which grew by 146.6% year-on-year, to 4,537 jobs in the category in 2018, and SEO Writing — such an important tool for businesses wanting to build their online presence — which rose by 84.8%, claiming 2,590 jobs.

2D Animation, meanwhile was one of the top five fastest growing categories for the 12 months ending December 2018, seeing a 167.6% increase compared to the year ending December 2017, with 3,747 jobs done in the category.

After Effects, software typically used for digital visual effects and motion graphics, enjoyed an 83% year-on-year increase, with more than 26,000 jobs in the category being done in 2018. At the same time, jobs featuring Illustrator, Adobe’s popular vector graphic editing software, rose by 84.3%, with more than 109,000 jobs in this category being done during 2018. Both After Effects and Illustrator were included in the top 20 fastest growing skills areas in 2018.

Jobs involving another popular Adobe product, InDesign, also rose during the year, claiming thousands of jobs. Indeed, jobs utilizing the desktop publishing and typesetting software increased by 65%, claiming more than 10,700 projects during 2018.

Where’s your website?

If jobs involving the creation of digital content for online use were among the top growing areas during 2018, the it should come as no surprise that jobs involving the creation of the websites on which to put that content also dominated the top growing categories during the year.

Web Development, for example, grew by 92.3% during the year, with 9,632 jobs in the category being done during 2018.

Moreover, other jobs playing a major role in web development, such as Django, the open-source web framework used to create database-driven websites, were also fast growers during the year. Django jobs specifically rose by 68.3% year-on-year in 2018, with more than 4,500 jobs in the discipline being done during the year.

The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in Q4 2018

Likewise, Express JS, the web application framework for Node.js that it typically used for creating web and mobile applications, also grew markedly during the 12-month period, experiencing a 128.4% year-on-year rise in 2018, claiming over 2,600 jobs.

React.js, the open-source JavaScript library often used to develop user interfaces for mobile applications or single page applications (SPAs) on the web, meanwhile, grew by 81.4% during the year, claiming 7,604 jobs over the 12-month period.

Tying into web development is API  (Application Programming Interface), which was the second fastest growing job category in 2018. Jobs involving APIs — the set of tools and protocols used for building application software and also an important tool for the development of websites — grew by 352.4% in 2018, claiming over 4,600 jobs during the year.

Also playing an increasingly important role in the development of e-commerce websites is the jobs category of Shopify Templates, which grew by 110.7% year-on-year, with over 6,300 jobs in the category. This growth appears to demonstrate the growing interest in e-commerce websites and the accompanying growing demands in services surrounding their development, in this case Shopify.

Of course, once a website is built and ready to go, organisations need to find ways to drive traffic to it; this is especially true for organisations that do the bulk of their business online, like online sellers and marketplaces. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Search Engine Marketing job category grew so quickly during the year, seeing a 66% increasing while claiming 9,413 jobs in 2018.

Jobs on the slide

While jobs involving the creation of web content and the development of places to put it grew substantially during 2018, jobs in other software development areas actually saw a decrease in popularity over the year.

A major marker of this trend was the Software Development job category, which fell by 70.7%, with 9,212 jobs in 2018. By contrast, the Software Development category had over 31,000 jobs in 2017.

The App Designer category also experienced a 70.7% year-on-year fall, to 2,531 jobs in 2018. Likewise, App Developer jobs fell by 66.1%, to 6,070, during the year.

Jobs involving Shopping Carts, digital shopping systems typically used by e-commerce sites to facilitate purchasing by web customers, fell by 65.4% to 5,845, a marked fall from the 16,800 jobs the category enjoyed in 2017. At the same time, Order Processing, often involving the packing and delivery of products ordered online, dropped by 63.2% to 832 jobs in 2018.

The annual decrease in these two job categories may signal waning interest among users in building an e-commerce site from scratch and carrying out tasks manually, with people instead opting for full-service online e-commerce platforms that automate such processes, such as Shopify, an area that saw substantial job growth during the year.

Among the other job areas that saw a substantial fall during the year was the Industrial Design category, which fell by 60% to 1,256. Manufacturing, meanwhile, fell by 59.7% to 1,808. At the same time, Materials Engineering fell by 57.7% claiming just 654 jobs over the course of the year.

Rising stars: the emerging jobs to watch

As noted earlier, e-commerce is an area of rapidly increasing growth in today’s online world, with many businesses making the leap online to sell their goods into a broader, global market. This can be seen in the surge of jobs involving e-commerce platform Shopify, including Shopify Templates, which collectively saw some growing interest and volume in 2018.

Shopify jobs typically include things like managing inventory, HTML or CSS code editing and creating discount codes or coupons, while Shopify Templates jobs involve the creation of templates for online stores on the Shopify e-commerce platform.

While not in the top 25 fastest growing jobs in 2018, the Shopify category enjoyed a 21.7% year-on-year increase 2018, with 13,177 jobs done in the category. As noted previously, Shopify Templates jobs also saw rapid growth during the year.

Machine Learning is another area that is fast becoming a dominant skills area. Machine Learning, which plays a core role in the development of Artificial Intelligence, focuses on automatically recognizing complex patterns and making intelligent decisions based on available data. This branch of study develops algorithms for computers to evolve behaviors based on available data. Machine Learning jobs grew by 71.7% in 2018, with over 7,400 jobs being done in the category.

The Blockchain category, involving jobs dealing with the distributed digital ledger that is used to maintain the continuously growing list of records underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and other applications in fields like finance and supply chain systems, also saw substantial growth in 2018.

Indeed, Blockchain jobs surged in popularity, becoming the second fastest-growing category during the year, rising by 300.8% compared to the previous year. In 2018, there were more than 5,400 jobs in the category, compared to just 1,361 in 2017.

Data Mining, the practice and process of deciphering and extracting patterns from data, is also an area to watch. Data Mining is becoming an invaluable tool for the increasingly large number of organisations doing business over the Internet, and often plays into the hands of Machine Learning, which typically makes use of rich, often exhaustive data sets to train software and help it ‘learn’ new behaviors. In 2018, Data Mining jobs enjoyed 37.1% growth, equating to 11,243 jobs in 2018. (


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