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Online Hiring Expected To Double In 2012

Online Hiring Expected To Double In 2012

The rise of the Internet has brought a lot of revolutionary changes to the workforce — social media, Google, and now online employment.

Elance, the leading platform for online work, recently released its 2011 Online Employment Review which says that “the future of work will be contingent, global and online.” As I know firsthand from working here at Come Recommended, a completely virtual company, working online allows for immediate results for clients. Plus, business isn’t just 9-to-5 anymore — online workers are typically more accessible outside of normal work hours.

The report showed the business hiring online and professionals working online through Elance increased 120% in 2011, with 650,000 new jobs posted and cumulative earnings totaling over $500 million. The rising earnings of online professionals was evident in more than 100 countries, and in the U.S., earnings rose in 43 out of 50 states.

“This year’s job numbers suggest a structural change in traditional employment, as more businesses are adopting online and contingent work as a coreo business strategy,” said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance.

Some important findings of the study:

  • 83% of small businesses plan to hire up to 50% of their workers as online contractors in the next year
  • nearly 1 in 3 workers began freelancing and pursing independent careers to they could be their own boss
  • top benefits of working online are schedule control (90%), following passions (87%), and eliminate a commute (85%)
  • skills in demand are software development, creative, marketing, administrative, and consulting.

Predictions for online work in 2010 include the rise of the virtual workplace, exporting professional services to other parts of the globe, and the importance of compliance when adopting the contingent workforce. Also, the report found that promising online careers for 2012 are software developer, visual designer, user experience designer, digital marketer, technical writer, web researcher, data analyst, content moderator, accountant, and distributed workforce manager.

What do you think of this increase in online hiring? Are you surprised?

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Kate D’Amico is in her senior year at Virginia Tech where she is studying communications with an emphasis in public relations as well as psychology and special events management and marketing. She has prior internship experience in corporate communications and public relations for technology, nonprofit, and association clients.

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  1. I am not at all surprised. I started my business in 2009 after I was laid off / restructured out of two positions in the corporate world.

    I started as a virtual assistant but quickly moved into the virtual marketing realm as I saw the rise of social media being used in business – not just as a selling tool but as a relationship strategy tool for companies.

    I have just recently been certified as an Online Book Marketing specialist – because of the advent of so many new authors entering the market with digital formats of books. Also writing books has become easy with the self-publishing formats that have come into play.
    Here’s to creating our own careers and utilizing our talents to the best of our ability!

  2. Phenomenal brekdoawn of the topic, you should write for me too!

  3. Definitely in the right business! Have a great 2012 :)

  4. This is for sure the right business!
    As the fight for talents is going on, online possibilties for recruiting are highly important.

  5. In the right business for sure. Now get out there and DOMINATE your competition!

  6. Thanks for posting consistently great stuff! Merry Christmas!

  7. Bob, you are an inspiration for all of us and you are without a doubt an added value to the fields of HR and Recruitment.

  8. Hi Bob. You are in the right business and hope you can explore making your platform go global this 2012.

  9. I believe that more and more work will be possible to do remotely and online.

  10. I am very surprised that eLance found online income rising. eLance itself is a race-to-the-bottom service, IMHO. I’ve been on it for more than 10 years and never gotten a contract to do the serious underbidding of work that happens there. As an example, there are people willing to write technical white papers for a couple of cents a word. The global nature of such marketplaces means huge pressures on billing rates.

  11. I am surprised that eLance found online income rising. eLance itself is a race-to-the-bottom service, IMHO. I’ve been on it for more than 10 years and never gotten a contract to do the serious underbidding of work that happens there. As an example, there are people willing to write technical white papers for a couple of cents a word. The global nature of such marketplaces means huge pressures on billing rates.

  12. Good job Bob! have a wonderful Christmas time!

  13. Merry Christmas to you resumebear folks!

  14. Interesting article. Let’s see what happens.

  15. Thanks for taking the time to share this info. I is a major shift for sure. Merry Christmas and follow your heart it will always lead you in the right direction!

  16. Not surprising at all. I actually started working from home last month.

  17. Hiring and working online makes perfect sense as apposed to people spending hours in traffic to arrive at an office just to sit a a desk and communicate via an internet they could have connected to from home.

    It’s good to see this happening, if companies can hire overseas talent to work over the Internet, the same could be done with local talent, helping the local employment situation at the same time.

  18. They really need to come up with a better solution for state taxes when working remotely. I hate getting taxed double.

  19. Not only will online hiring increase, but telecommuting/work-from-home will reach new fields as well. We’re already seeing fields such as medical records transcription and (small-scale) literature fulfillment go into the work-from-home category; I would expect an even broader range of employment opportunities in the work-from-home arena in 2012.

  20. I think that social interaction will affect the way everyone interacts and conducts all business, and we just need to be one of the first to get there

  21. I wonder, given the demographic bulge of the baby boomers, and the need to have more workers in both Canada and the US, just how online hiring will effect the older worker?

    Are they at a disadvantage?

  22. Interesting. My question would be if this also means that the number of jobs that employees do telecommuting from home would be on the raise similarly.

  23. So predictable, Bob! Thank you so much for all you do @ ResumeBear. Always my pleasure to share stuff from here. Very valuable. Happy Holidays!

  24. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you, Bob! :-)

  25. 83% seems like an aggressive figure but certainly agree about where it’s all heading! Thanks for post!

  26. Those who don’t take advantage of the internet and modern technology will surely be left behind.

  27. Happy Christmas to all ResumeBear contributors!

    I am not at all surprised at the growth of online traffic in this area – all the social media where I (and the rest of the world) are active -Empire Avenue, Linked In, Twitter and Facebook – are about making contacts with people around the globe. Online traffic transforms any employment agency into a global network. More power to your elbow, Bob!

  28. Not surprised. Small businesses can get high value, especially in IT and Marketing.

  29. I tried the site a few years ago, and didn’t like how they operate. So, I deleted my account – it’s a difficult process.

    (I hate the fact that they still keep my brief history there after deleting my account, and I needed to beg them to COMPLETE remove my trail – painful.)

    I guess everything changed. Good luck.

  30. I read always with pleasure Resumebear. A ot of intresting info about how to get and keep a job. Wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

  31. I am in the social media marketing biz and am expecting a great 2012 for sure. I’m excited to see what the new year brings!

  32. Merry Christmas all of my Resumebear friends!

  33. BOB , You are definately in the right business. I’m not looking for a job but find your information amazing . I need to Recruit new Agents Nationwide for our New Real Estate national Company . Seriously thinking about how you can Help. — Merry Christmas Friend


    PS I am a Boston Guy that lived in San Diego over 20 years , Now in Arkansas

  34. This article should be a wake up csll for many people looking for work/

  35. Really appreciate this forecast… And especially the insights into Elance.

  36. I didn’t realize the growth of Elance, although it doesn’t surprise me. We’re moving to a work world with no geographical boundaries.

  37. Thanks for sharing the forecast. Good News.

  38. Good luck. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  39. Not surprising. Dice had a “virtual career fair” recently.

  40. And Americans get to learn first-hand what it’s like to compete in a global marketplace… a rude awakening for some.

  41. No I am not surprised. I guess this is all related to having a knowledge based economy.

  42. So important to have credible information about you and your business online. True not only for Elance but anywhere online if a prospective client searches your name or business name. Good news about the expectations in 2012.

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