Elance's MVP for 2009: PHP

Freelance jobs marketplace Elance has posted its Work Index (a kind of monthly “Hot 100″  that analyzes over 100,000 recent job postings and shows the skills that are most in demand) for December, together with some data for the year 2009 as a whole. Here’s the top 10 leaderboard for December:

  1. PHP
  2. HTML
  3. Article Writing
  4. Graphic Design
  5. Content Writing
  6. CSS
  7. MySQL
  8. WordPress*
  9. Adobe Flash
  10. Photohsop

The venerable PHP has been in the top spot for much of the year, so it makes sense that the team at Elance have declared it their 2009 MVP. Overall, the top 10 looks much the same as it did last time I last reported on the Elance Work Index back in July, but there are a few changes: Joomla! no longer appears in the list, design-related skills (Graphic Design and Flash) have slipped a few spots and Article Writing has gained a few places. While I’m critical of some of the categorization used here (how different is “Article Writing” than “Content Writing,” really?), and you need to bear in mind that these are results drawn from only one marketplace, it is an interesting snapshot of the current freelance jobs market.

Despite the state of the economy — or perhaps because of it, as more businesses are outsourcing work that would have once been done in-house — one spot of good news for freelancers is that technology is both the strongest and fastest-growing sector, job-wise, with IT services worth over $30 million delivered through the site in 2009.

*Disclosure: WordPress is produced by Automattic, a company that is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True Partners.

PHP developers: Are your skills in as much demand as ever?

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