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Upwork Names Apple’s Swift as 2nd Fastest-Growing Skill Among Freelancers in Q4 2016

Upwork Names Apple’s Swift as 2nd Fastest-Growing Skill Among Freelancers in Q4 2016

Freelancing-centric website Upwork has released their most recent quarterly report listing the fastest-growing skills among freelancers on the site. Apple’s Swift programming language place second on the Q4 2016 list, just behind natural language processing.


Upwork states that their Skills Index “calculates year-over-year growth rates based on freelancer billings”. Today’s list compares freelancer billings from Q4 2016 versus Q4 2015. Natural language processing coming in at number one seems clear when the case for a better Siri and improved AI systems has been a common theme over the past year.

The top 20 fastest-growing skills, Q4 2016:

  1. Natural language processing
  2. Swift
  3. Tableau
  4. Amazon Marketplace Web Services (MWS)
  5. Stripe
  6. Instagram marketing
  7. MySQL programming
  8. Unbounce
  9. Social media management
  10. AngularJS
  11. Business consulting
  12. Machine learning
  13. Brand strategy
  14. 3D rendering
  15. Information security
  16. R development
  17. Node.js development
  18. User experience design
  19. Bluetooth
  20. Zendesk customer support

Swift’s 2nd place spot in the fourth-quarter of 2016 is a nice jump from its 9th place ranking in Q3 2016. (The Upwork Skills Index calculates year-over-year growth rates based on freelancer billings through Upwork in Q4 2016 versus Q4 2015.)

Upwork Names Apple's Swift as 2nd Fastest-Growing Skill Among Freelancers in 2016About Upwork

Upwork is the world’s largest freelancing website. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work —like software, shopping, and content before it— is shifting online as well. This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place.


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