POPULAR MUSIC BEAT COMBO Arcade Fire helped raise awareness of HTML5 development in the last year, while work in the Windows developer arena got into a van and drove itself off a cliff.
According to a report from outsourcing recruitment web site Freelancer.com HTML5, which has been hard to avoid hearing about in the last year, grew in popularity to a significant degree, as did Android and Apple's IOS, but, in the case of the latter, by not so much. Meanwhile work for Microsoft desktop developers fell by 30 per cent.
Despite nine per cent growth for Iphone-related work, from 2,739 jobs in Q1 to 2,985 in Q2, Android work rose by twice as much, 20 per cent, from 1,419 to 1,702 jobs, placing those skills among top five most sought-after in the country.
Interest in HTML5 developers also increased, and the number of jobs listed on the web site have risen from 604 in the first quarter of 2011 to 807 in the second, an increase of 34 per cent. Possibly as a result of this growth, and the fact that as far as Apple is concerned it might as well not exist, Flash work dropped 10 per cent to 3,095 jobs.
Freelancer suggested that some of this growth was down to Canadian band Arcade Fire, which produced a video for its popular music outing, The Wilderness Downtown that ran using HTML5 in the Google Chrome web browser, and increased interest in both technologies.
Other growth areas included the Ipad, which rose 11 per cent to 1,305 jobs, and Facebook fan page development, which rose from 4,297 to 4,622 jobs, up eight per cent, as businesses expanded their online presence.
Matt Barrie, the CEO of Freelancer.com suggested that the growth of new technology areas shows that businesses are looking to take advantage of new online opportunities.
"Online work continues to boom and we've set the pace for an explosive year. We had an amazing Q1 as more and more people kicked off the new year by building new businesses or bettering their current business using online freelancers," he said.
While these were the growth areas, there were clear declines in jobs for Blackberry coders, which fell six per cent from 526 to 497 jobs in spite of the launch of the Playbook tablet.
Demand for Microsoft skills also slumped in Q2, with developer jobs for Windows CE down 42 per cent, Windows Desktop down 30 per cent and Windows Mobile down 16 per cent. µ
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