The Top 20 Fastest-Growing and In-Demand Skills According to Upwork


Upwork remains as the biggest freelancing website in the globe. This is why it’s also a key and reliable resource when it comes to freelance job search and hiring trends.

Upwork released its latest quarterly index of the top skills in their freelancing platform. The Upwork Skills Index ranks the top 20 fastest-growing and in-demand skills every quarter. Through this quarterly report, Upwork aims to shed light on the emerging skills that are affecting the way freelancers find projects and jobs. 

Check out this video for the Upwork skills index for the second quarter of 2018:



Top 20 Freelancing Skills of Q1 2019

Back to the present, these are the top 20 fastest-growing skills of the 1st quarter of 2019 according to Upwork are:

  1. U.S. Taxation

  2. Hadoop

  3. Robotic process automation

  4. Explainer videos

  5. Computer aided manufacturing

  6. Financial planning

  7. Urban design

  8. Software documentation

  9. Salesforce Commerce Cloud

  10. Geospatial

  11. Julia development

  12. Kubernetes

  13. Magento

  14. Employee training

  15. Shopify templates

  16. Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  17. Vue.js framework

  18. Leadership development

  19. Architectural rendering

  20. Podcasting

So what could we draw from this new list of fast-growing skills?



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The Rise of Finance Professionals

As a result of the U.S. tax reform bill passed in 2018, many businesses and entrepreneurs took to freelance tax professionals to guide them through the transition. The tax season also caused a spike in the demand for CPAs and financial planners. More finance professionals take their expertise online nowadays, allowing employers hiring flexibility.



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Automation is Here to Stay

More companies are now utilizing and applying automation, leading to the growth of demand for robotic process automation (RPA). As RPA adoption continues to increase, it is estimated that this market portion will grow to around $2.9 billion come 2021.



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Urban Planning is a Growing Field

It is reported that by 2028, at least 70 percent of organizations will have remote staff. And as more workers choose to work from home or anywhere they prefer, the trend also affects the infrastructure of cities. With workers now enjoying the freedom to work where they choose rather than work where their office is, it now seems that it’s the infrastructure that needs to adjust. 

Because of this, the demand for urban design specialists continues to grow. Professionals specializing in geospatial technologies and architectural renderings have also become more prominent and active in the freelancing arena.



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Investment in eCommerce is Continuously Increasing

eCommerce continues to become a strong global industry and it’s expected to generate revenues of about $4.8 trillion by 2021. Over 2 billion consumers are also expected to buy products and acquire services online in the next two years. As a result, workers who specialize in eCommerce technologies and skills such as Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Magento, and Shopify are realizing hiring growth and demand.


Businesses Prioritize Learning and Development

Because of the tightening labor markets, organizations now take employee training and leadership development more seriously than ever. Freelance management and training professionals are now tapped to handle fellow freelancers and remote teams.



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What Do All These Mean for Freelancers and Employers?

We can take this skills index as a guide for knowing what organizations around the world are doing to grow and strengthen their businesses. This also helps remote workers and professionals determine which skills to learn and develop in order to keep up with the employment demands.


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