A new survey has revealed that the demand in the IT contractor sector is no longer based on search engine and social media optimisation, and is instead moving more toward mobile phone projects.
The report, which was conducted by Freelancer.co.uk, produced the survey by analysing 189,917 IT contractor projects in the second quarter of 2012, which were posted on its website.
Contractors working in the IT sector will be interested to hear that the results showed that the number of mobile phone projects posted by clients increased by thirty-six per cent when compared to the first quarter.
The survey also revealed that internet marketing projects, such as search engine optimisation and link building have both fallen by 7.3 per cent and 8.3 per cent.
Freelancer.co.uk chief executive, Matt Barrie, explains, “Two clear trends are evident: firstly user activity is moving to mobile devices and the trend won’t be reversing any time soon, as the other five billion people on this planet join the internet, primarily through mobile.
“Secondly, the internet is becoming more interactive, and the technologies that are winning and will continue to win are open standards like HTML5 and jQuery – to the detriment of the incumbent proprietary technology providers like Adobe and Microsoft.”
Barrie added, “We truly are at an inflexion point of the technology landscape. “We’re seeing the changing of the guard across the technology industry when we examine our detailed online jobs data.”