Demand for mobile development increased 180 percent in 2009, driven by the popularity of the iPhone and Android operating systems, according to a new report by online talent marketplace Elance.
In 2010 there is already a strong demand for mobile skills. Within 24 hours of the Apple iPad announcement, 20 iPad application development jobs were immediately posted on Elance. Elance says there are now 70 open iPad jobs on the site.
This trend is likely to follow the fast growth of iPhone projects which saw more than 8,800 jobs completed on Elance in 2009. In addition, Android is rising fast in the ranking of skills in demand, up 400 percent in the past 6 months with more than 170 projects posted in the last month.
“As we move forward in 2010, more people will make the online workplace their new office and will log in to get to work,” said Ellen Pack, Vice President of Marketing at Elance.
“Three trends have come together to make this possible. Companies continue to look for greater flexibility and efficiency, more skilled professionals are choosing to work independently, and managing online work has become easier than ever due to sophisticated web applications, mobile devices and cloud computing platforms. This year, in particular, we will begin to see an interesting shift from small businesses to larger enterprises accelerating their use of online talent.”