Freelancer Trends 2022: What To Expect This Year

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IT freelancers are flexible and can work from anywhere – a good prerequisite for staying afloat during the pandemic. But which programming languages, software and skills will be in demand this year? We’ve evaluated data from around 3 million keywords of freelancer profiles and project searches on freelancermap to reveal what freelancing trends will prevail this year and what you can expect in 2022.

Introduction

It’s been two years since the pandemic first began and since that time, the freelance industry has seen a boom. Now, things are starting to level off again. 

Freelancer Study 2021 - Loss Of Livelihood
Freelancer Study 2021 – Loss Of Livelihood

According to our Freelancer Survey for 2021, 69% of freelancers no longer have any existential fears. Although half of the freelancers surveyed still felt the consequences of the pandemic mid-year, 62% of independent experts now see the economic situation as (very) good.

Freelancer Study 2021 - Economic Situation
Freelancer Study 2021 – Economic Situation

To cushion the effects of the pandemic, the majority of surveyed participants rely on remote projects, working from home and further education. Let’s have a look at the freelancing trends for 2022 to see what we can expect in the new year.


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Programming language and framework

The growth of the functional and object-oriented programming language Scala is growing exponentially. With a 150% increase compared to last year, the high-level language is this year’s champion. 

Typescript is at a similarly high level: With a growth rate of 137%, the language developed by Microsoft is in close competition with Scala.

Developers are lining up for third place in the ranking: the all-time favourite Python is also growing by a remarkable 98%. Other popular programming languages ​​are also experiencing a strong growth: Javascript (77%), SQL (62%) and Java (61%) continue to be in high demand. We must also not forget the .NET framework, which is also among the front runners with an increase of 68%.

Freelancer Trends: Programming Language And Framework
Freelancer Trends: Programming Language And Framework
Programming languages & framework Growth in %
Scala 150
Typescript137
Python98
Javascript77
.NET 68
SQL62
Java61
Angular61
Swift53
C# 53
Kotlin52
C46
CSS43
Ruby40
HTML40
VBA18
PHP9
C++4
ABAP-3

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Software & platform

Standing out amongst the winners, in terms of software and platforms, is the Spring Boot application. The solution for the Java framework Spring shows the greatest growth over the past year, at 288%. 

But the Git application, GitLab, is also starting the new year with great opportunities for expansion: Version management for software projects was able to record an upswing of 255%.

Other growth champions are the cloud computing platform Azure (191%), Amazon Web Services (163%), and the free software Docker (105%). The popularity of these applications has more than doubled compared to last year.

Freelancer Trends: Software & Platform
Freelancer Trends: Software & Platform
Software & platform Growth in %
Spring Boot 288
GitLab255
Azure191
AWS163
Docker105
Jenkins86
Jira71
Power Point71
Git 56
VMware55
Office 36546
iOs39
Excel37
Linux32
SharePoint31
MySQL23
SAP20
Oracle19
Windows19
MS Office16

Expertise & skills

Freelancers that work with cloud solutions can expect big growth this year. The simple, flexible access, the no investment costs for hardware and the rapid implementation of new applications are of particular interest to companies that are increasingly relying on home office options. For example, the cloud keyword is the growth champion in terms of expertise and skills, up by 132%.

There is also an increase for freelancers working in management work (123% growth). Skills such as planning, organisation, management and control in the selected specialist area or the respective industry are particularly in demand.

The data also shows that agile working is becoming significantly more attractive (112% growth). 

The scope and goals of projects are changing frequently and quickly, and it seems like agility is the be-all and end-all of a successful project completion. So it’s not surprising that the use of project management software like Jira is also gaining popularity (71% growth in Software & Platforms).

Freelancer Trends: Expertise & Skills
Freelancer Trends: Expertise & Skills
Expertise & skills Growth in %
Cloud132
Management123
Agile112
Reporting102
IT Security97
Design95
Network94
Project Management92
Developer85
Communication84
Application81
Support74
Automation73
Test72
Analysis69
Configuration64
Consulting61
Migration49
Documentation41
Administration29

Conclusion: Another stable year for IT freelancers

To sum up our article for freelancing trends, business will remain stable for IT freelancers in 2022. Self-employed individuals who have mastered the coveted skills, are data-driven and know the agile way of working are particularly in demand on the freelancer market.

Developing one’s own skills in these areas is becoming increasingly relevant, especially for experts in the IT and engineering sectors. Whether it’s a second degree or a further training course: e-learning platforms are, in our opinion, the way to go.

What are your predictions for freelancing trends this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Natalia Campana

Natalia is part of the international team at freelancermap. She loves the digital world, social media and meeting different cultures. Before she moved to Germany and joined the freelancermap team she worked in the US, UK and her home country Spain. Now she focuses on helping freelancers and IT professionals to find jobs and clients worldwide at www.freelancermap.com

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