Fancy working as a freelance programmer but not sure which skills you should specialise in? One freelance jobs site suggests that PHP is the area with the biggest demand.
Outsourcing site Freelancer.com recently notched up its one-millionth project, and analysed the jobs that had been posted to identify the categories that were most in demand. On its analysis, the top five project categories were:
- PHP (8.9%)
- Website design (7.4%)
- Graphic design (4.5%)
- Data entry (3.9%)
- Copywriting (3.5%)
As a budding programmer, there's two ways you could interpret this list. You might think "PHP is hugely in demand, so I ought to brush up on my skills". Or you might think "Competition in that category will be fierce and the pay rates will be minimal — I'm better off picking a less competitive niche." The latter is actually the approach suggested by Freelancer.com's founder.