By Espie Angelica A. de Leon
Data entry, PHP development, graphic design, Excel-related tasks, and Photoshop design were the top five job categories awarded to Filipino freelancers in 2018 via Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing platform.
Accessible in 247 countries, territories, and regions, the platforms boasts over 1 million users in the Philippines and posts an average of 10,000 new jobs or gigs every day. To date. Freelancer.com has facilitated over 15 million jobs across continents.
Those jobs given to Filipinos registered on the platform involved a variety of skills. The top 10 skills were data entry, copy typing, data processing, virtual assistance, web search, article writing, graphic design, and expertise in Excel, Microsoft Office, and Powerpoint.
Expertise in Excel includes capabilities needed to work with Excel macros, data entry, database, VB, formulas, and PDF to Excel conversion. On the other hand, Microsoft Office expertise includes skills required to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Powerpoint, and Outlook.
The US, India, the Philippines, Australia, and Canada were the five highest ranking gig providers to Filipinos. The US accounted for 20.19% of jobs awarded to Filipinos. Second placer India accounted for 19.89% closely followed by the Philippines with 19.05%. Trailing them were Australia with 8.53% and Canada with 3.98%.
The US also paid the highest rates to Filipino freelancers followed by Australia, UK, Canada, and India. Rounding up the top 10 countries offering the highest rates were Singapore, Philippines, Germany, Denmark, and Bulgaria.
Meanwhile, the top cities where Filipino users of the platform are concentrated are, in no particular order: Quezon City, Makati, Manila, Pasig, Caloocan, Baguio, San Juan, Bacoor, Talisay City in Cebu, and Manajao in Northern Samar.
“Given the growing interest in freelancing throughout the local metro areas and in the provinces, it’s likely that we’ll see even more workers choosing to try out new ways of working,” said Freelancer.com Philippines communications manager Bea Rodriguez. “This is especially true now that the government supports working from home through the Telecommuting Act that was recently signed into law, offering workers more flexibility, just as freelancing does.”
The Philippine data are among those provided by the Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report which bares the top 50 fastest growing and fast declining job types out of nearly 2 million gigs posted in the platform the past year, among others.
Writing and content which involves expertise in 2D Animation, Illustrator, and After Effects dominated the ranks of the fastest growing job types for Freelancer.com’s global users which number to over 31 million.
Joining the roster of fastest moving jobs were web development, and tasks involving Django, Express JS, React.js, API, Shopify Templates, and search engine marketing.
The fastest declining jobs were software development, app design and development, industrial design, materials engineering, manufacturing, and jobs involving Shopping Carts and Order Processing.