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A new report released by the job site Elance shows a growth in tech contractor hiring, up 46% from this time last year on Elance.com.  After job losses in IT rose to five percent last quarter, the Elance report is welcome reassurance.  It's a testament to the strength of the tech sector one year after the recession hit hard in October 2008.

The Elance Work Index ranks the top 100 skills in demand from their site's job postings each month.  The right column indicates how many ranks a skill has jumped.

Elance Work Index: October 2009

Rank Skill  Change
 1  PHP  0
 2 Content Writing  +7
 3  Article Writing
 4  HTML  +2
 5  Graphic Design
 6  Joomla!  +15
 7  CSS  0
 8  Illustrator  +8
 9  WordPress  +1
 10  Web Content
 11  MySQL  -6
 12  Copywriting  +7
 13  Creative Writing
 14  Social Media Marketing
 15  SEO  +3
 16  AJAX  +6
 17  Data Entry
 18  Academic Writing
 19  Photoshop  -7
 20  Adobe Flash
 21  Logo Design
 22  Direct Marketing
 23  Admin Assistant
 24  Java  +36
 25  JavaScript  -14

About 300k new jobs are posted Elance each year.  Click here to view the entire top 100.

Tech skills continue to dominate the rankings with 11 of the top 25 rankings.  PHP has been ranked #1 since March with the exception of August, when it was ranked #2.  Java made a huge leap this month, jumping 36 spots to # 24.

Elance says tight budgets and growing workloads are driving the growth of online work.  More IT and operations managers now hire, manage, and pay contractors online.  


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