Blockchain is fastest-growing skill in Q2 for freelancers in US: Upwork Skills Index 20351
Vidwan Reddy
Aug 5, 2018 at 12:41 AM

Blockchain is the fastest-growing skill among freelancers in the United States in the second quarter of 2018, according to global freelancing website Upwork.

The report - Q2 2018 Skills Index - shows Blockchain topped the list by beating over 5,000 other skills available on the freelancing platform. It ranked first in the Q1 as well.

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A programming language by Google, Go, also figured among the top 20 skills. Go is also used to create blockchains. Blockchain-related skills have been witnessing a high demand. Since 2017, the need for the people with the skills of distributed ledger technology has seen a fourfold increase.

“Its year-over-year growth has exceeded 2,000 percent for the past four quarters, and it experienced more than 3,500 percent year-over-year growth in Q2,” Upwork stated.

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Some of the Blockchain-related jobs available on Upwork website are -- distribution system engineers and developers of various languages like Solidity (programming language for writing Ethereum smart contracts) and Node.js. Also, C++ programmers (also used for coding Bitcoin's most commonly used client Bitcoin core) are in huge demand. Telegram community managers and white paper writers are some of the other common skills organizations are looking for.

According to a report by 'Big Four' auditing firm KPMG, Blockchain investment in the US is booming rapidly when compared to last year.

“Blockchain continued to draw a significant amount of attention from investors in Q1 and Q2’18, although investments typically focused on more experienced companies and consortia looking to obtain additional rounds of funding rather than on new market entrants … The US was particularly active on the blockchain front, with total investment in the first half of the year already exceeding the total seen in 2017,” the report read.

Upwork Skills Index Q2 2018: Check the top 20 skills for freelancers

  1. Blockchain
  2. Google Cloud Platform
  3. Volusion
  4. Risk management
  5. Product photography
  6. Rapid prototyping
  7. Google App Engine API
  8. SCORM
  9. GitLab
  10. Go development
  11. Apple UIKit
  12. Enterprise architecture
  13. Tensorflow
  14. Atlassian Confluence
  15. Apple Xcode
  16. eLearning
  17. Customer retention
  18. Articulate storyline
  19. Node.js
  20. Scala development

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