The world loves American freelancers

Almost 40% of all U.S freelance jobs advertised on Upwork are hired by foreign-based companies.
By: | November 29, 2019
Topics: China | News | Singapore | US


Upwork is a popular global freelancing platform which is helping to keep the gig economy thriving, particularly in the U.S. But interestingly a significant proportion (38%) of the work for U.S freelancers comes from outside the country.

The newly-created Upwork 100 survey ranks the top 100 skills and sheds light on those that are both quickly growing and also experiencing a high level of demand. It also serves as a barometer of the skills businesses are seeking.

Dr Adam Ozimek, Upwork Chief Economist, said that the data shows that ‘’US workers are supercharging global business’’.

The top 10 countries hiring US freelancers with these top 100 skills include the U.K, Australia, India, Singapore and ironically China. Singapore is interesting given the small size of the economy, while China is currently caught up in a trade war with the US.

“Too often, discussions about global trade focus only on goods, but the US exports a lot of skilled services as well, and there is high demand for U.S. skilled services professionals,” said Dr Ozimek.

The top 5 in-demand freelance skills are for NET Core, TypeScript, landing pages, eBooks and Android.