1. PHPValue of Contracts Earned by Elance Workers over past 6 months: $7,424,193Number of New Gigs Posted Over Last Month: 2,198
Job seekers with open minds can find considerable opportunities within the IT marketplace if they're willing to forgo the traditional 9-to-5 office work arrangement. Freelance marketplace company Elance says that IT contract gigs continue to increase in the face of static full-time IT job growth. (Many experts believe that's because companies are more willing to meet new demand with a contingent workforce rather than commit to a full-time employee as fears about economic uncertainty continue and the current economic recovery seems fragile.) But for those technology workers who are willing and able to work on a project basis, opportunity abounds. Elance reports that IT job opportunities were up 44 percent during the second quarter year-over-year and provider earnings per job jumped by 31 percent. The following skills are the most valued on the Elance marketplace according to the quarterly Elance Online Employment Report
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