Freelancing giant Upwork just released its very first Upwork Skills Index, a quarterly report that will highlight the fastest growing skill sets in the freelancer market. This initial report contains a few surprises, including the placement of AngularJS in the top 20. Freelancers who possess this skill are making themselves available on Upwork and other freelancing platforms where they are finding plenty of available work.
Upwork’s Skills Index ranks various in-demand skills by measuring the billing that runs through its system. Compared quarterly over the last year, the top 10 skill sets on the list have enjoyed year-on-year growth in excess of 125% in the 12 months ending with the second quarter 2016.
As previously mentioned, AngularJS cracked the top 20 of Upwork’s initial index. It came in at number 12, behind more popular skill sets including ASP development, Shopify development, SEO writing, video editing, and WordPress development. Nonetheless, ranking as high as AngularJS does demonstrates the reality that the market will bear a fair number of AngularJS developers offering their services as freelancers.
It is always fascinating to read reports of this nature in light of the ongoing question of whether to work as a freelancer or seek out steady employment. For the AngularJS developer with a proven track record, the decision may not be so easy. There is no shortage of advantages and disadvantages for both choices.
The freelancer’s biggest advantage is that he alone controls his own destiny. He takes the projects he is interested in, he sets his own schedule, and he works out his own compensation with each client. The downside is that there is never any guarantee that work will always be available. The freelancer sometimes has to spend as much time finding work as he does actually doing the work. There are tax and accounting concerns as well.
An AngularJS developer who chooses traditional employment has an advantage in that he does not have to worry about getting up and going to work every day. Whether that individual works for an outsourcing firm or as part of an in-house development team, the office is there and open for business even while he stands in line for his morning cup of coffee. The disadvantage of working as an employee is one of having little or no control over one’s future. The employee is at the mercy of whoever he works for.
The fact that AngularJS development is so high on the list of fastest-growing skills suggests that the current market for developers is quite strong. And why wouldn’t it be? AngularJS is a Google product that will continue to be in high demand as long as Google wants it to be. It would be foolish for any software development firm to ignore the framework for future development given the fact that Google will never settle for allowing AngularJS to fade away into the coding sunset.
In the end, the AngularJS developer capable of getting the job done has a lot of options. Developers have the upper hand for both employment and freelancing opportunities because their skills are so desperately needed. Now is a good time to be an AngularJS developer, that’s for sure.