Traditional Jobs Are Slowing But Online Work Is Booming

Overall the economy is not doing so well, on a macro level. Of course there are some pockets of growth such as Infusionsoft (hiring more and increasing revenues) and the same holds true for many of pockets of our economy – hiring up, revenue up. However, we know that in many other industries revenues are flat or decreased.

One sector that is growing is “online hiring”. This sector is the sector of skilled talent that business owners can hire online using such services as Elance, oDesk or

I’ve been using Elance for many years and have hired and managed much of my staff through the Elance platform, they recently released a global employment report.

Elance’s recent press release reads:

While global economies remain uncertain, Elance’s leading indicators reveal business optimism, hiring growth and several hot job markets. The new ‘Creative Economy’ is particularly vibrant; demand for creative skills such as web design (+574%), voice acting (+295%) and content writing (+256%) were each up significantly over a year ago. Companies are investing heavily in creative talent, signaling a shift in how businesses engage customers and commitment to growth.

Growth is not only in the USA but also in Europe and Latin America. In the USA hot spots include  Hawaii, North Carolina and Tennessee and also rural parts of the USA also experienced a boom.

Finally jobs that were traditionally “off line” are now moving online as well.

 Skilled professionals like manufacturing designers (+241%), architects (+198%) and family attorneys (+179%) are joining the online work community faster than ever with triple-digit increases compared to Q2 last year. Engineering is another job category defying the conventional market with skills like Chemical Engineering (+182%), Electrical Engineering (+126%) and Civil Engineering (+100%) increasing exponentially year over year.


6 thoughts on “Traditional Jobs Are Slowing But Online Work Is Booming

  1. Peter Fretty

    The workplace/model is definitely under a significant transition with the continued integration of remote workers into the new mainstream. I would argue the growth and acceptance of mobility platforms (smartphones and tablets) and evolving collaboration tools (ie Avaya and Hangouts) are only intensifying this push. When businesses embrace a collaborative yet dispersed workforce it has the ability to fuel innovation and make the power of we a reality.It’s amazing to see how much the new generation of anywhere, anytime, any device professionals is impacting organizations going forward. There is some great discussion around this topic at the CIO Collaboration Network (

  2. Ziptask

    This trend is an incredible drive of productivity gains in the US and will continue to be as more digital work is pushed out globally. We at Ziptask see this in daily as our volumes of work accelerate and people outsource the mundane and focus on the value added. We even build an ROI calculator to show businesses how much they stand to gain from hiring freelancers online :

    It’s quite powerful stuff.


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