Miranda Dobson

Businesses demand freelance mobile developers

Growth in the UK mobile technology business has seen a heightened demand for freelance mobile experts, as 47% of all mobile jobs posted on specialist site Elance last year came from the UK.

Both the Android and iOS markets have shown an increased need for freelance mobile specialists as part of a growing trend, with a 94% rise for jobs in this sector posted in the last year.

The number of employees working on the development of iPad has risen by 116% and 53% for iPhone, which shows a significantly higher growth rate than Apple’s largest competitors.

Indications that the smartphone industry has remained unharmed by global economic turmoil were confirmed today as Apple’s share prices hit an all-time high of $648 per share.

The leading smartphone suppliers are all set to launch brand new models into this highly competitive market in the coming month, including Nokia, Samsung, Apple, HTC and RIM who make Blackberry devices.

Employment statistics suggest that iOS is faring better than Android models, although demand from developers in the latter has increased by 133% in the last year, iOS staff requirements remains three times larger than their competitors.

The need for mobile developers is not only due to a growing consumer market for smartphones, but also as a result of businesses’ responding to changing technology.

Substantial increases in demand for freelance mobile developers is a result of a rapidly changing market. These figures from Econsultancy suggest that businesses need to use new technologies for mobile marketing to maintain prominence in their industries.

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