oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing online employment platform, today announced findings from their August Online Employment Report, a monthly analysis on the state of the online workforce, including in-demand skills, growth in job opportunities and upcoming workforce trends. With Labor Day upon us, and a record 100,000+ jobs posted, the Employment Report turns its focus on trends in the technology sector. According to the report, jobs within mobile application development are growing at record speed. Specifically,
- Demand for mobile development skills is up 131% year over year.
- Hot growth in jobs posted for Android SDK, iPhone and Windows Mobile.
- Overall, employers spent $20M hiring online in August, an increase of 95% over the same period the previous year.
The growth in demand for mobile applications is thanks to the growing reliance on the smartphone for business and personal use, as well as the excitement around new product announcements–such as Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) anticipated iPhone 5 in September–and cross-business deals like the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)-Nokia (NYSE:NOK) partnership and the recent Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) acquisition of Motorola (NYSE:MMI). The oDesk Online Employment Report indicates that mobile application development was the eighth most requested category of work last month, with demand for Android SDK and Windows Mobile skills leading the category in new job growth.
“The continued innovation and development in mobile devices and systems has led to a surge in online employment opportunities for people with these skills,” said Gary Swart, oDesk CEO. “Businesses are going mobile, and talented developers from the on-demand online workforce are building the apps that will take them there.”