Half-Year Freelancer Report: Most Desired Skills and Freelance Capitals

Filed by team twago on August 14, 2015

Berlin, August 13, 2015. twago, Europe’s leading freelance marketplace, published mid-year figures on the most desired skills of IT professionals as well as the freelance capitals of Europe. At the top of the podium are the web languages ​​PHP, Java and CSS – dominating the first half of 2015. Once again, the European freelance capital is Berlin, followed by Madrid and Barcelona.

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Berlin, still the freelance capital of Europe

Compared to 2014, the reigning European freelancer capital Berlin is down 6 percent, but remains in the top spot. No European city has so many freelancers as the German metropolis. Madrid has seen an increase of 3 per cent, as well as Barcelona, ​​which has grown rapidly with 15 percent. In 14th place overall, Leipzig’s freelance community grew by an incredible 46 percent.


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On the other hand, there were double-digit losses (27 percent) for Seville, now in last place in the top 15. Overall,  Germany, Spain and Italy most strongly represented in the rankings, but predict more movement in the Netherlands and Scandinavia next year. High climbers in the global chart include Lima, Bogotá and Caracas.

Top 15 freelancer cities in Europe

(In comparison to 2014)

  1. Berlin (-6 %)
  2. Madrid (+3 %)
  3. Barcelona (+15 %)
  4. Rome (+1 %)
  5. Milan (+2%)
  6. Hamburg (+30 %)
  7. Munich (+10%)
  8. Paris (+23 %)
  9. Valencia (+3 %)
  10. Cologne (+20%)
  11. Turin (-7 %),
  12. Düsseldorf (+9 %)
  13. Bologna (-8 %)
  14. Leipzig (+46 %)
  15. Seville (-27 %)

Web skills are in strong demand

The top 15 coveted Freelancer capabilities in the first half 2015 are dominated by developer languages and skills around the world wide web. These include freelancers in PHP, HTML, CSS and JAVA, but also graphic design skills such as photoshop and illustrator.


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Expert knowledge in the area of ​​e-commerce, including the shop system Magento, are also high on the wish list of store owners migrating into the online world. As compared to 2014, Cocoa, Apple’s native API for Mac OS X, has seen an increase in demand of 26 percent, iPhone (+22 percent) and knowledge of the Microsoft programming language C # (+15 percent). On a slight decline are skills are in the areas of CSS (-6 percent), Javascript (-5 percent) and WordPress (-3 percent). The demand for HTML freelancers is also down 3 percent.

Top 15 freelancer skills

(In comparison to 2014)

  1. PHP (+1 %)
  2. Java (+12 %)
  3. CSS (-6 %)
  4. Javascript (-5 %)
  5. HTML (-3 %)
  6. MySQL (+/-0 %)
  7. iPhone (+22 %)
  8. Cocoa (+26 %)
  9. WordPress (-3 %)
  10. Graphic Design (-2%)
  11. Photoshop (-2 %)
  12. Ruby on Rails (+7 %)
  13. Illustrator (+1 %)
  14. C-Sharp/C# (+15 %)
  15. Magento (-1 %)

About the twago Freelancer Report

Since 2009, twago has been analyzing projects posted on their freelance marketplace platform and published the results at www.twago.com/blog In the investigation, the skills required by the buying customer are analyzed. Another focus is on the study of the European cities where freelancers reside.

About twago

twago is the largest European freelance marketplace and provides online work to freelancers and agencies in the areas of programming, (web) design and business services – services that can be performed remotely from anywhere in the world. twago customers have access to nearly 255,000 professionals from more than 190 countries. twago was founded in 2009 and aims with its multilingual approach (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Flemish) primarily to European customers. For more information, visit twago.com.

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Tel.: +49 30 25 76 205-21
E-Mail: twago@piabo.net

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