Freelancing has seen a
wide-spread acceptance among companies in all industries and especially in the
IT sector. IT managers claim that hiring freelancers helps them manage their
projects more effectively- they can hire temporary workers when the need arises
to augment their project team thus avoiding delays and cancellations of
This hiring strategy has
also gained popularity due to the difficulty in finding the technology
professionals with the right set of skills.
According to Stephane
Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, "The tech talent gap has reached a crisis point
and companies are struggling with a widening tech skills gap, particularly in
areas such as AI, IoT and robotics. The shortage of skilled tech professionals
has become a major concern for companies. To help bridge the gap, companies are
innovating their talent strategies by leveraging freelancers with the
specialized skills they need to develop new technologies."
Freelancing is a win-win
situation for everyone involved – IT managers and companies benefit as they are
able to successfully complete projects in time and within budget and software
engineers benefit in terms of experience and higher remuneration as their
skills are in demand.
What are the most sought
after freelancer skills that pay top dollars? Here are the skills that IT
managers are looking for:
MySQL is the most popular
Open Source Relational SQL Database Management System. Despite its powerful features, MySQL is
simple to set up and easy to use. It is the most popular database used with
PHP. PHP with MySQL is a powerful combination showing the real power of
Salary: $46,000 to $99,187 depending on experience.
Twilio provides a simple
hosted API and markup language for businesses to quickly build scalable,
reliable and advanced voice and SMS communications applications. Software
developers with skills in Twilio API development are in high demand.
Salary: $85,000 per year
Swift is a powerful and
intuitive programming language for Apple. Writing Swift code is interactive and
fun produces software that runs lightning-fast.
Salary: $80,395 per year
Natural language processing
(NLP) is the ability of a computer program to understand human speech as it is
spoken. NLP is a component of artificial intelligence. Its application can be
seen in voice-activated assistants, such as Google Home and Amazon Echo. NLP is
one of the most in-demand freelancing skills.
A background in computer
science, linguistics and artificial intelligence is a must to work as an NLP
programmer and these professionals can command a high salary.
Salary: over $100,000 per year
Machine learning is a type
of artificial intelligence (AI) that allows software applications to become
more accurate in predicting outcomes without being explicitly programmed. It
uses patterns in data to improve a program's own understanding.
Salary: $114,826 per year.
R is a programming language
and software environment used for statistical computing and graphics, such as
polls and surveys, which is commonly used by data miners. It’s supported by the
R Foundation for Statistical Computing.
Salary: $76,607 per year.
Node.js is a platform built
applications. Node.js is a runtime system for creating (mostly) server-side
applications. It has become wildly popular, with coders everywhere using it to
create APIs and build a new matrix of interoperability across the Internet.
salary: $107,562 per year
Bluetooth is a wireless
short-range communications technology standard found in millions of products we
use every day – including headsets, smartphones, laptops and portable speakers.
Demand for Bluetooth expertise is expected to rise rapidly with elimination of
the iPhone 7 headphone jack.
salary: IOS Bluetooth QA Engineer at Apple - for example, range
between $130,910 and $142,567.
Stripe builds the most
powerful and flexible tools for internet commerce. As more and more businesses
look for affordable and flexible options to accept payments, they’re turning to
freelancers to help them build a payment platform using APIs from payment
infrastructures like Stripe.
Salary: Stripe specialists charge up to $95 an hour
(infosec) is a set of strategies for managing the processes, policies and tools
necessary to prevent, detect, document and counter threats to a company’s
digital and non-digital data/information. Information-security analysts plan
and implement security measures to thwart the increasing number of
cyber-attacks and protect a company’s computer networks, data and systems.
Salary: over $44 per hour.
User experience design is
the process of designing (digital or physical) products that are useful, easy
to use, and delightful to interact with. It’s about enhancing the experience
that people have while interacting with a company’s product, and making sure
they find value in the product.