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What skills are businesses turning online to find in 2015? Upwork’s growing community brings nearly 3,000 different skills from talented professionals around the world. Startups, small and midsize businesses, and enterprises alike are realizing they can outsmart the talent crunch and find the specific skills they need, when they need them, by tapping into the vast network of freelancers available online.

From development work and quality assurance testing, to graphic design and video production, to translation and content marketing—businesses post three million jobs on our site each year, and freelancers are hired from more than 180 countries through our platform.

As you look back on the year and plan ahead for success in 2016, it’s important to understand the skills that have been the most popular on the platform this year. These valuable insights show where demand is and can serve as great indicators of where you should consider refreshing your skill set to stay competitive in the New Year.

Here are the 20 skills that top the list:

  1. PHP Development
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Data Entry
  4. Content Writing
  5. Internet Research
  6. Javascript Development
  7. Web Design
  8. HTML5 Development
  9. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  10. Social Media Marketing
  11. Logo Design
  12. Virtual Assistant
  13. Lead Generation
  14. MySQL Administration
  15. Android App Development
  16. jQuery Development
  17. iOS App Development
  18. Email Marketing
  19. Customer Service
  20. Illustration

To see Upwork’s 2016 work predictions, come back and visit our blog in a few weeks!

Note: Data is sourced from the Upwork database and is based on the number of job posts on Upwork from January – June 2015.

Rich Pearson

Senior Vice President

Rich Pearson is the senior vice president of Upwork, the world’s largest online marketplace for connecting businesses with skilled talent. Rich leads the marketing and categories teams, where 20% are freelancers and the entire team is distributed across the globe. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway.